Murphy will play Tommy, the most ruthless brother in a family of gangsters that rules the lawless post-war slum neighborhoods of 1919 Birmingham, England as returning soldiers, revolutionaries and criminals fight for survival. The family is known by the film's title, which is a reference to their practice of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their caps. As the family's leader, though, things go off course for Tommy when a Belfast police chief and a mysterious, beautiful woman comes into town.
Considering what Knight was able to create for David Cronenberg and Stephen Frears, we're hoping this can become work of that caliber though that may rely heavily on a strong directorial talent coming on board. Ideally, we're envisioning something like the similarly themed HBO show "Boardwalk Empire" under Martin Scorsese's guidance. Too hopeful? We'll soon see. Lensing begins this September for a 2013 U.K. debut. [Deadline]