Hardy, Craig, McGregor Up For “Sweeney”?

Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor and Orlando Bloom are apparently in competition for an upcoming film adaptation of classic 1970’s British police drama “The Sweeney” for Fox Searchlight reports One India.

All have expressed interest and are said to be under consideration to play the role of Jack Regan. John Thaw, who later went on to star as “Inspector Morse”, played Regan in the original series. Thaw and Dennis Waterman (“Minder”) starred as members of a London police unit dedicated to fighting violent crime.

With salty dialogue and tough action scenes, it invented the blueprint for gritty UK cop dramas and was a major inspiration for the highly acclaimed original British incarnation of the series “Life on Mars”.

Production on the $16 million film was put on hold by DNA Films last month due to concerns over the film’s international prospects. Locking in a big name cast member is expected to be a key factor in getting production moving again for a proposed shoot kicking off at the end of the year.

British director Nick Love and Ian Kennedy Martin, the original creator of the ITV series, have penned the script with Love still attached to direct.