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James McAvoy’s Directorial Debut CALIFORNIA SCHEMIN’ About Con Artist Rappers Set Cast & Head to Cannes

BAFTA winner and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy (Atonement, The last king of Scotland, Divided) is making his directorial debut with the upcoming film Californian schemes (job title). The film will arrive at the Cannes market with Bankside and UTA Independent Film Group.

McAvoy will take on a supporting role in the film, which will be played by a BAFTA nominee How to have sex burst Samuel Bottomleyand newcomer Séamus McLean Rosswhich is currently filming Outlander: Blood of My Blood.

The film will tell the true story of two Scottish boys from Dundee who scammed the international music industry by adopting American accents and pretending to be the established Californian rap duo, Silibil N’ Brains.

In the late ’90s, Gavin Bain (McLean Ross) and Billy Boyd (Bottomley) saw their musical ambitions constantly ridiculed for having the “wrong” accents, so they went all out and reinvented themselves as California rappers.

McAvoy’s film will show how the duo re-recorded their tracks with fake accents and showed up in London claiming to be an established duo on the Cali scene, as well as childhood friends with whom Eminem. They quickly landed a recording contract, a large advance, and an appearance on MTV… until it all came crashing down.

Currently in pre-production, the film is based on Bain’s autobiography of the same name, later reissued as Directly from Scotland. The story was later adapted into the 2013 SXSW documentary The great hip hop hoax.

Archie Thomson (Deep state 2) adapted the screenplay and Kahleen Crawford will serve as casting director.

via: Deadline

by Jessica Fisher
Source: Geek Tyrant

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