Sir Michael Caine and Lena Headey will head up the cast of Sky Cinema feature ‘Twist’ a modern-day adaptation of Charles Dicken’s ‘Oliver Twist’.
Actress and singer Rita Ora, David Walliams (Little Britain), Franz Drameh (Legends of Tomorrow), Sophie Simnett (Daybreak) and newcomer Raff Law make up the remaining main cast members.
‘Twist’ is a modern interpretation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist in which Oliver is reinvented as a streetwise artist living on the streets of modern-day London. A chance encounter with a gang of grifters led by the charismatic Dodge (Ora) sees Twist (Law) caught up in a high stakes heist to steal a priceless painting for master thief, Fagin (Caine), and his psychopathic business partner, Sikes (Headey). Drameh will play Batesey, Simnett will play Red and Walliams will play Losberne.
Sir Michael Caine said: “Fagin is such an infamous character, it’s going to be great fun playing him. I’m really looking forward to working with Lena, Raff and the rest of the cast in London when we start shooting.”
Lena Headey commented: “I couldn’t be more excited to take on the iconic character of Sikes from Oliver Twist. Flipping roles without apology or character softening is a brilliant way to breathe new life into established materials and bring it to new audiences.
Martin Owen (Killers Anonymous, The Intergalactic Adventures of Max Cloud) will direct the feature from a script by John Wrathall (The Liability) with additional writing by Sally Collett and Martin Owen. Producers are Matt Williams, Ben Grass, Jason Maza and Noel Clarke.
The film goes into production this autumn in London, no set release date has been set but it will be available on Sky Cinema on the same day as its theatrical release.