By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 20, 2011 at 8:30AM
Andrea Riseborough has quickly been making her way through the ranks of the film world, and seemingly omnipresent on the big screen over the past year or so. With roles in "Happy-Go-Lucky," "Made In Dagenham," "Never Let Me Go" and "Brighton Rock" the actress has established herself as a talent to watch. Later this year, she will turn in Madonna's "W.E." but it looks like she's just landed her biggest role yet.
Variety reports that Riseborough has nabbed the female lead in the gritty crime thriller "Welcome To The Punch" starring James McAvoy and Mark Strong. The project placed highly last year on the annual Brit List, a collection of the best unmade screenplays in the U.K. The film is from writer-director Eran Creevy and is a crime thriller in the vein of “Heat.” It involves a London detective, Max Lewinsky (McAvoy), whose old nemesis, an armed robber known as Red Diesel (Strong), reappears after five years away—but it’s only the tip of a massive conspiracy. No details on Riseborough's part just yet.
Everything is lined up and in place for a July 18th production start, and there is probably more casting on the way. But so far, so good for what sounds like a potentially sizzling crime pic.