Dan Aykroyd, Jim Broadbent, Simon Callow, Richard E Grant, Sir John Mills and Peter O'Toole are all set to play cameo roles in Stephen Fry's directorial debut Bright Young Things, which started shooting this week in and around London and at Pinewood Studios.
An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Vile Bodies, the film tells the story of a group of wild young London party people in the late 1920s. "Bright Young Things is a period film shot with modern pace and cinematography,' says Fry, who also adapted the screenplay. 'It deals with fame, sexual scandal, greed, night-clubbing and the frantic glamour of youth not seen before."
The film is produced by Revolution Films and Doubting Hall, and is backed by the Film Consortium, tax financier Vision View and Icon Film Distribution, which has UK and Australian rights. International sales will be handled by The Works.
Gina Carter and Miranda Davis produce, while Revolution's Andrew Eaton and Michael Winterbottom executive produce. Caroline Hewitt is co-producer.
Other cast members include Emily Mortimer, Stephen Campbell Moore, David Tennant, Fenella Woolgar, James McAvoy, Michael Sheen, Guy Henry, Stockard Channing, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton and Harriet Walter.