James McAvoy To Welcome The “Punch”

Rising Scottish hunk James McAvoy (“Wanted,” “X-Men: First Class”) has revealed during an interview on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” (via The Playlist) that he’s headed back to the UK to shoot the crime thriller “Welcome to the Punch” as his next project.

Eran Creevy (“Shifty”) helms the story of a London detective whose old nemesis, an armed robber called Red Diesel, reappears after five years absence. His return is heralds the uncovering of a massive conspiracy.

Creevy’s script is described as “Heat”-esque with a very large scope and level of action in scale more akin to Hollywood than usual British gangster film fare. How this will affect McAvoy’s involvement with Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” is unsure.