Thandie Newton and rapper Ludacris have joined the cast of
director Guy Ritchie's new gangster film RocknRolla. The
movie - about British gangsters who get involved with the Russian
mob - began shooting in London earlier this month. It will also
star 300 star Gerard Butler as a crafty but shady
businessman and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' actor Tom
Wilkinson, whose character is one of London's main old-school
gangsters who finds himself quitting crime because of foreign
Newton will play Butler's love interest - an accountant linked
to the criminal underworld - while Ludacris is cast as an American
musician trying to make it big in London.
Ritchie has written the script for the film, which will cost
about 10m to make - a low budget by Hollywood standards. The
British filmmaker's wife, Madonna, is also rumoured to be appearing
in the movie.