Jessica Brown Findla, James Frecheville, Jeremy Allen White and Thomas Brodie Sangster have signed on for the indie comedy Shoplifters Of The World, from Stones In Exile director Stephen Kijak. Shooting will begin in early June. Set in 1987 on the day British band The Smiths broke up and inspired by real events, the film revolves around a lone gunman who tries to win the affections of his crush and breaks into a heavy metal radio station demanding the DJ plays Smiths songs for 24 hours straight. He ignites a New Wave resurgence for four hours before police manage to arrest him.
Approval for 20 Smiths songs were secured for the project, which will help to guide the story’s narrative. Perihelion Entertainment’s Lorianne Hall will produce. The title is a riff on the The Smiths’ 1987 single “Shoplifters of the World Unite.” Skylar Astin, Zosia Mamet and Will Poulter have also been cast. Kijak’s credits include the BAFTA-nominated music doc Scott Walker 30 Century Man and the Rolling Stones doc Stones In Exile, which played in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes in 2010.