King Arthur: Legend of the Sword director Guy Ritchie is planning a return to his directing roots with his next project, Toff Guys. A stylised and inherently British drama which, in tone, sees Ritchie return to his Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels days.

As well as taking the helm on the project, Ritchie also wrote the script with Marn Davies. Ivan Atkinson and will produce.

If the title alone didn’t raise an eyebrow, the description of being a mix between Sexy Beast and Downton Abbey certainly will. Insiders have said it’s “about old money, new money, and show me the money.” The story is said to follow a very English drug lord attempting to cash out on his highly profitable empire by selling it off to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

Ritchie plans to present the darkly comic crime drama at this years Cannes.

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Ritchie’s last directorial effort came in the form of King Arthur: Legend of the Sword in 2017, critically panned, the film grossed $148 million worldwide against its $175 million production budget. Originally, the film was meant to be the first in a six-film franchise, but the planned sequels were cancelled after it underperformed at the box office.

Guy Ritchie came to prominence on the big screen with his very British crime capers Lock, Stock, Revolver, RocknRolla and Snatch and has gone on to direct big-budget studio films such as the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., King Arthur. His recent collaboration with Disney, Aladdin, is in post-production which is due for a release next summer.

There are currently no casting/filming or release date details available.