Global Showbiz Briefs: Revenge Thriller ‘Skin Trade’ Sets Cast; BBC Films Options Novel ‘That Part Was True’

SC Films International’s ‘Skin Trade’ Sets Cast
SC Films International has lined up Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Peter Weller, Michael Jai White, Celina Jade and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa for action thriller Skin Trade. Ekachai Uekrongtham directs the film, which has just started principal photography in Bangkok. From a screenplay by Gabriel Dowrick, Steven Elder and Lundgren, Skin Trade tells the story of a New York City detective who, after his family is killed by a Serbian crime boss, heads to Bangkok and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and bring down a worldwide human trafficking ring. Lundgren, Craig Baumgarten and SC Films’ Mike Selby are producers.

BBC Films Options Novel ‘That Part Was True’
BBC Films has optioned Deborah McKinlay’s novel That Part Was True. The story follows the relationships between a UK divorcée and a U.S. author through their shared love of food and cooking. The book is due to be published in the UK by Orion. There are no details on timing for a feature transfer, but BBC Films chief Christine Langan says, “That Part Was True is a stunning novel: Deborah is a wonderful storyteller whose characters leap off the page, their dilemmas subtly touching modern nerves.” BBC Films recent credits include Saving Mr Banks, Philomena, The Invisible Woman and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. It’s got Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down opening in March, Joanna Hogg’s Exhibition releasing in April, and Ben Kellett’s Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie — based on the hit BBC TV series — this summer.

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