Mike Leigh Begins His Next Film

Mike Leigh (“Happy Go-Lucky,” “Vera Drake”) has begun production on a new untitled film for Focus Features Intl. and Film 4 reports the trades.

Leigh regulars Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Michele Austin, Phil Davis, Karina Fernandez, Oliver Maltman, Lesley Manville, Martin Savage, Ruth Sheen and Peter Wight. star in the film which will shoot in London for nine weeks.

David Bradley and Stuart McQuarrie, newcomers to Leigh’s films, will join them. Many of Leigh’s regular crew members are also returning.

Georgina Lowe produces the film while story details are being kept under wraps.