The cast has been announced for Luis Prieto’s English-language remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 crime flick Pusher. The original film centers on a drug dealer who gets arrested and loses a massive amount of product in the process. He spends the rest of the film running through the criminal underground of Copenhagen trying to find a way to make up the lost stash before his employer kills him. While the original Pusher is a good movie, it’s also the weakest of the trilogy, and I’ll be interested to see if Prieto remakes the sequels With Blood on My Hands: Pusher II and I’m the Angel of Death: Pusher III (although ironically the sequels were made so that Refn could pay off debt).
According to THR, the remake will transplant the action to London and star Agyness Deyn, Richard Coyle, Bronson Webb, and Paul Kaye. Filming is slated to begin next week. Hit the jump for a statement from Refn on the remake.
Here’s what Refn had to say on the remake:
“Pusher was the film that launched my career and to have Luis Prieto direct the remake in London will be an exciting venture. It’s a classic tale with strong characters and has an engaging narrative. To see my characters, Frank and Tony in London, one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, is an opportunity not to be missed.”