The Ireland-set comedy is to be directed by Maurice Phillips from an original idea by actor/producer Danny Midwinter.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Charlie Cox are attached to star in Where There’s A Will, an Ireland-set comedy to be directed by Maurice Phillips.

The film will also star British actress Jenna Harrison who played opposite Ben Whishaw in My Brother Tom.

Developed by actor Danny Midwinter, who is also producing, Where There’s A Will is about three brothers who go on the run to Ireland from the mob in London thinking they’ve inherited a pub, which turns out to be a funeral parlour.

The script has been written by Ian D Fleming, with the film’s director, Maurice Phillips, whose credits include the 1986 film The American Way with Dennis Hopper, as well as TV dramas Murphy’s Law and Auf Wiedersehen Pet, also co-writing.

“I’ve been working on this for five years, trying to get it off the ground and all of a sudden it’s falling into place,” Midwinter told Screen.

“Benedict read the script and said he loved it and thought it was so different to anything else he had seen,” added Midwinter, who describes the film as having “a feel of Waking Ned with the banter of The Quiet Man [the 1952 film with John Wayne].”

The film is already part financed with plans to shoot in Ireland in 2012.