Jon S. Baird‘s adaptation of Irvine ‘Trainspotting’ Welsh’s novel about a corrupt Edinburgh copper is definitely pushing itself right to the edges of decency.
Filth sees McAvoy play Bruce Robertson, the cocaine-addicted cop who is enlisted to solve a murder, but gets sidetracked by his own various vices.
The film also features Jamie Bell as McAvoy’s mentee-cum-sidekick, Ray Lennox, along with an ensemble cast to help tell the tale, which includes Imogen Poots, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Gary Lewis, Martin Compston, Kate Dickie and Shirley Henderson.
The movie will open in Scotland on September 27th this year, though US release hasn’t yet been announced.
Check out an extended preview below which offers a glimpse of the dark and grimy world inhabited by a visibly coked-out Robertson.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Scheming Bruce Robertson (McAvoy), a bigoted and corrupt policeman, is in line for a promotion and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Enlisted to solve a brutal murder and threatened by the aspirations of his colleagues, including Ray Lennox (Bell), Bruce sets about ensuring their ruin, right under the nose of unwitting Chief Inspector Toal. As he turns his colleagues against one another by stealing their wives and exposing their secrets, Bruce starts to lose himself in a web of deceit that he can no longer control. His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. The question is: can he keep his grip on reality long enough to disentangle himself from the filth?