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Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough

Some great news: Brighton Rock, the acclaimed new adaptation of Graham Greene‘s classic novel, will be seen in U.S. theaters this summer, thanks to IFC. The film depicts the story of Pinkie, a lowly gangster who romances a naive, lonely waitress, Rose, after she discovers evidence he committed murder.

Fans of British cinema will certainly remember the beloved 1947 version, starring Richard Attenborough as Pinkie, Carol Marsh as Rose, and the fine Hermione Baddeley as Rose’s motherly protector, Ida.

In the new version, Control‘s Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, and Dame Helen Mirren step into the roles, with Andy Serkis and John Hurt rounding out the excellent cast. The film is 28 Weeks Later screenwriter Rowan Joffe‘s feature-film directorial debut.

Carey Mulligan was slated to play Rose but decided to do Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps instead. Whether or not that was a wise move is up for debate, but Riseborough’s performance in the film is said to be “star-making.” The Guardian declared the film “masterpiece” and singled out Riseborough’s acting as particularly skillful. “To say her achievement deserves an Oscar would be somehow to demean it,” raved David Cox. Riseborough was one of our 5 British Breakout Film Stars of 2010, as well as one of our Top 5 British Actresses of the year.

Here’s the trailer for Brighton Rock:

Here’s the trailer for the 1947 version:

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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.