O’Connell, Tovey, Smith Join “Tower Block”

Three British TV stars – Jack O’Connell, Sheridan Smith and Russell Tovey – are all set to join the British urban thriller “Tower Block” reports Screen Daily (via The Playlist).

The story revolves around the inhabitants of a council estate who witness the murder of a young teenager but are too scared to come forward. A year later, a sniper begins targeting them, and they’re forced into a battle for survival.

O’Connell was the breakout star of the third and fourth seasons of the UK “Skins” in a role akin to Nicholas Hoult’s in the first two seasons. He went on to score key roles in “Eden Lake,” “Harry Brown,” “This is England” and the telemovies “Dive” and “United”.

Tovey first came to notice amidst the cast of “The History Boys” and has established a successful TV career with major roles in “Being Human,” “Him & Her” and “Little Dorrit” along with many guest starring roles in the likes of “Sherlock,” “Ashes to Ashes,” “Doctor Who,” “Poirot,” “Miss Marple,” and “Silent Witness”

Sheridan Smith first came to fame in sitcoms like “Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps”, “Gavin & Stacey” and “Benidorm”. In more recent times she’s become a noted stage actress and won the Laurence Olivier Award this year for her work in “Legally Blonde: The Musical”. She also starred in the two most recent “Jonathan Creek” TV movies.

The script has been penned by James Moran, writer of the black comedy “Severance” along with the upcoming “Cockneys vs. Zombies” and episodes of “Doctor Who,” “Spooks,” “Torchwood” and “Primeval”.

Ronnie Thompson and James Nunn make their directorial debut on the project.