Sam Riley ("Control," "Brighton Rock") has signed on to play British playwright Christopher Marlowe in "A Dead Man in Deptford" for Ballpark Prods. and Neversink Prods. according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Based on Anthony Burgess' novel, the story plays on the idea that notorious bar room brawler Marlowe was also a royal spy for Elizabeth I, and that his death at age 29 may have been an assassination ordered by the English Secret Service.
The cast also includes James Purefoy, Ray Winstone, Ed Speleers and Adam Sinclair. Michael Elias adapted the script and Nick Copus will direct. Shooting kicks off in the spring.