Hugh Grant has joined the cast of Toff Guys, a gangster movie from director Guy Ritchie about a culture clash between old money and new crime. Grant is the latest addition to a cast list that also includes Matthew McConaughey, Kate Beckinsale and Henry Golding.
Ritchie is currently in post-production on Disney's live-action remake of classic animated tale Aladdin. After that he's set to direct Sherlock Holmes 3, which is set for release in December 2020, but it looks like the filmmaker is planning to return to his gangster movie roots first with Toff Guys. "Toff" is British slang for a wealthy aristocrat, and the movie is about "the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex" - which sounds like it has rich potential for Ritchie's trademark blend of action and comedy.
According to Deadline, Grant has been cast as "Fletcher, a British gossip journalist with a reputation of going into people’s lives, and undoing them." It's hard to imagine a British movie called Toff Guys being made without Hugh Grant, given that this is very much within his wheelhouse, and the actor recently worked with Ritchie on the big screen reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. So far, Toff Guys is shaping up to have a particularly excellent cast, and we can hopefully look forward to seeing more names added in the coming weeks.
Miramax Films acquired world rights to Toff Guys earlier this year and also committed to financing the film. The script was co-written by Ritchie with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson. Though it's currently unclear when production is expected to begin, we'll hazard a guess that Ritchie plans to get the cameras rolling in the first half of 2019.
Ritchie began his career making gangster films like Snatch and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, which have since become classics of the genre. As fun as his takes on Sherlock Holmes and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. were, it will also be interesting to see Ritchie dipping his toes back into the gangster movie pool - even if this is a gangster movie with a twist. As for this latest casting news... well, you can never really go wrong casting Hugh Grant as a sleazy-but-charismatic upper-class scallywag.
Toff Guys has certainly caught our attention, so we'll bring you more casting and production news as it becomes available.