Mike Bruno
January 22, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell will star in the crime drama London Boulevard, which will mark the directorial debut of The Departed writer William Monahan, Variety reports. The story, adapted from Ken Bruen’s novel, is about a South London ex-con (Farrell) who tries to give up the gangster life by becoming a handyman for areclusive young actress (Knightley). Shooting is scheduled to start this summer.

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