Guy Ritchie has paved himself a niche in the world of directing thanks to a plethora of successful British gangster flicks. Some of these include Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, which saw pretty boy Brad Pitt play a bellicose gypsy. Talk about actors going against type.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E and Swept Away were also great flicks, but his new project, Toff Guys, sounds beyond incredible.
The British gangster movie (what else would it be?) is set to feature Matthew McConaughey and Kate Beckinsale and everyone's favorite awkward romance lead, Hugh Grant. The Notting Hill star will play a famous British gossip journalist known for 'going into people's lives and undoing them'
It was a role Grant may have felt a personal connection to having testified in front of the Levison Inquiry, a government investigation set up in the U.K. to unearth unethical journalistic scandals that blighted many of Britain's tabloid papers.
The studio has sold the upcoming project as a 'cross between Sexy Beast and Downton Abbey.' Sounds like compelling viewing!
The film's premise involves an English drug lord attempting to sell his 'highly profitable empire' to a 'dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires'.
However, Toff Guys will have to wait a while. Ritchie is currently tied up with his latest project, a live-action remake of Aladdin. A film involving gun-wielding cockney gangsters, it most certainly is not.
As well as these two exciting projects, the British director and ex-wife of Madonna is also expected to take the director's chair for Sherlock Holmes 3. Mooted for a 2020 release, the film would mark seven years since we last saw the transatlantic duo of Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr grace our screens.
2020 can't come soon enough.