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Steve Coogan To Star In ‘Boswell For The Defense’


Photo credit: The Weinstein Company

The hilarious British actor has recently signed on to play the title role of 18th century lawyer James Boswell in a film adaptation of the West End play “Boswell for the Defense.”

Gregor Jordan is up to direct this upcoming tragi-comic piece and the script he’ll be using is the very original one written by Patrick Edgeworth himself over two decades ago.

So, authenticity should be through the roof in this one.


Boswell character is perhaps best known as the long-term companion and biographer of Samuel Johnson. However, our story takes place some tome after Johnson’s death.

The film will follow Boswell and the dark period of his career and life, when he takes on an impossible trial case.

Coogan will try to save the life of Mary Bryant, who was convicted of highway robbery and transported to Australia in 1787.

Mary and the others involved in the robbery managed to escape the colony and returned to England 5 years later, setting on an extraordinary journey over the (then uncharted) Great Barrier Reef.

The punishment for this should have been death, however, Boswell manages to rise to the occasion and save the day.

Producers are excited

We fell in love with the script,” said Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier of the Highland Film Group. “Gregor’s vision and Coogan’s talent create the complete package, which will be sure to resonate with buyers and appeal to global audiences.”

Producers Mark Pennell and Steve Chasman are also optimistic about Coogan playing a historical figure and are confident that he’s the best man for the job of mixing humor and sadness.

“Whether it will be Lincoln or Thatcher, bringing a historical figure to life is always a challenge, but Steve’s extraordinary ability to blend humor and pathos make him the perfect artist to bring a complex character like Boswell to the screen. We are excited to see him make this role his own.”