Rhys Ifans, Chloe Sevigny and David Thewlis are in final negotiations to star in Mr. Nice, writer-director Bernard Rose’s adaptation of international drug dealer and U.K. spy Howard Marks’ 2002 best-selling autobiography.
Ifans will play Britain’s one-time most-wanted man, a late-’60s-era Oxford graduate and teacher who turned to drug smuggling to impress his future wife Judy (Sevigny). While enlisting the help of an Irish Republican Army boss (Thewlis) for a job, he was recruited by a British intelligence officer for a loose network of informants.
The charming criminal assumed the alias Mr. Nice. After encounters with the Mafia and CIA and nearly 30 tons of pot smuggling, he spent seven years in prison.