Back in May, Olly Alexander and Jack O'Connell were attached to play the leads in uwantme2killhim?, a new British film inspired by a real-life story, written by Mike Walden, and directed by Andrew Douglas.
Jamie Blackley (represented by United Agents) now playing Mark.
16-year-old Mark meets local girl Rachel on the internet, he begins an intense online relationship. He quickly finds that he’s besotted, that he’ll do anything for her, even befriend her awkward, loner brother, John. When Rachel, who is trapped within the grips of a possessive boyfriend, is murdered, Mark and John make plans to avenge her death. Their actions draw the attention of a secret government department as they unwittingly stumble upon an ongoing operation. Soon Mark is recruited to commit a crime that made British legal history.
Toby Regbo (represented by BWH), who'll be seen this Christmas on TV in Sky's Treasure Island, is replacing Jack O'Connell (who is currently filming Private Peaceful), as John, the gifted, lonely younger boy.
Based on true events in the UK in 2003, this is the story of a friendship of opposites and the hidden evils that lurk deep within the Internet. The film will also feature Jaime Winstone, Joanne Froggatt, Liz White, Amy Wren and Mark Womack and is due to start shooting this October mostly on location in Harlow, Essex and Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, also with a week of shooting at Elstree Studios.