The first trailer for the Jon S. Baird-directed film Filth has just been released by Lionsgate UK.
The James McAvoy vehicle is based on the 1998 Irvine Welsh novel of the same name. Welsh, who also wrote Trainspotting, will act as an executive producer.
Filth features McAvoy as Bruce Robertson, a bipolar, bigoted, corrupt cop from Edinburgh who is addicted to cocaine, alcohol, and sex. Robertson is enlisted to solve a murder, but he is threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues and sets out to destroy them, only to end up getting tangled in a web of deceit that has gone hopelessly out of control. Robertson also tries to manipulate his way to a promotion in order to win back his wife and daughter.
Back in December 2011, James McAvoy described the role as the biggest risk of his career, saying, “It’s an incredible role for me, unlike anything I’ve ever done and a massive challenge. One I hope I don’t dash myself on.”
The fact that it was a challenging role was what drew McAvoy to the character, he said, as it is important to keep things fresh to keep audiences coming back.
“If you stop taking risks, then you get bored, or you just keep playing the same part, over and over again. Eventually audiences get bored of that as well,” he said.
Filth also stars Imogen Potts as Amanda Drummond, one of Robertson’s colleagues, Toby Jones as Clifford “Bladesey” Blades, a friend of Robertson’s, and Alan Cumming as Bob Toal, Robertson’s superior officer. Jamie Bell will play Ray Lennox, Robertson’s mentee and sidekick.
Filth is currently scheduled to be released in the UK in September. You can check out the trailer, which is very NSFW, below.
What do you think of the Filth trailer? Have you read the book the movie is based on?