EXCLUSIVE: Jude Law, Richard E Grant to star in London-set black comedy from director Richard Shepard.

Recorded Picture Company and BBC Films are combining to produce London-set black-comedy Dom Hemingway, from writer-director Richard Shepard and starring Jude Law and Richard E Grant.

HanWay will handle sales. Shooting is due fall, 2012.

Law will play Dom Hemingway, a safecracker with a loose fuse who after 12 years in prison travels with his best friend (played by Grant) to collect what he’s owed for not ratting on crime bosses.

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HanWay’s slate includes Bernardo Bertolucci’s out of competition entry Me and You, Woody Allen: A Documentary screening in Cannes Classics, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir which has a Special Screening as well as Kon-Tiki, Seven Psychopaths, Great Expectations, Quartet and Lucky Dog.

Jeremy Thomas said: “I so enjoyed Richard Shepard’s film The Matador, and when I read this script and thought of the film, I was excited. Richard has a special gift between comedy and drama, and we have wonderful actors to inhabit the film. I’m pleased to be working with Christine and BBC Films again to bring Dom Hemingway to life.”

Christine Langan added: “I’m delighted that Jeremy has introduced BBC Films to the inimitable Dom Hemingway. The wicked humour and great energy of Richard’s script and a superb cast make this a wildly entertaining prospect and we’re very excited to be on board.”

Richard Shepard said: “It’s crazy how many of Jeremy Thomas’ films I actually owned on DVD before ever meeting him: From Sexy Beast to Stealing Beauty to A Dangerous Method. He’s clearly got great taste in story, a wicked sense of humor and keen insights in what makes a film unique and memorable. I was thrilled he took an interest in Dom Hemingway. Dom’s character is a true original, and so is Jeremy. It seems like an especially keen fit.”

Shepard is repped by Jerome Duboz at WME and Rosalie Swedlin at Anonymous Content.

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