EXCLUSIVE: Pablo Trapero is on board Paul Raphael and Working Title’s India-set crime drama adapted from Vikas Swarup’s novel by John Hodge.

Argentine Pablo Trapero, director of Carancho and Lion’s Den, is newly attached to Working Title-Starfield Productions crime-drama Six Suspects, the producers have confirmed to Screen.

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The film will be Trapero’s first entirely English-language feature.

Trainspotting and The Beach writer John Hodge has adapted Vikas Swarup’s novel in which six guests at a party are accused of killing the son of an Indian cabinet minister.

Swarup famously wrote the novel Q & A, which went on to become Danny Boyle’s smash hit Slumdog Millionaire.

Starfield’s Paul Raphael told Screen that he anticipates the production getting under way in India next autumn.

He produces with Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. BBC Films has backed development and will also partially finance the production.

Raphael said: “I’m delighted to be in league with such supportive partners as Working Title and BBC Films and we’re all thrilled to have a director of Pablo’s calibre on board. Work is under way on the shooting draft with John Hodge and we expect to be filming in India late 2013.”

Acclaimed director Trapero was in competition in Cannes in 2008 for Lion’s Den. Titles White Elephant and 7 Days in Havana both screened in Un Certain Regard earlier this year. His films also include 2004 festival hit Rolling Family.