Just check this cast out: Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Tom Courtenay and Charlie Cox. King Of Thieves comes with very high expectations prior to a September 4 UK release.
King of Thieves, James Marsh’s upcoming lighthearted and fun caper, brings to dramatic life the true story of the Hatton Garden diamond heist, considered the biggest and most daring in British history.
Starring a who’s-who of British greats including Sir Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Paul Whitehouse, Tom Courtenay as well as Charlie Cox, the film from the director of The Theory of Everything and feature documentaries Man on Wire and Project Nim, follows a crew of retired crooks who intend to pull off a major heist in London’s jewellery district.
Reminding of Basil Dearden’s 1960 film The League of Gentlemen, which similarly featured a crew of pension-age criminals concocting a great heist, King of Thieves (which could quite easily be titled Ocean’s 80) goes for a British old man aesthetic over Hollywood’s all-female Ocean’s reboot.
The actual robbery took place in 2015 when around £200 million was stolen by a bunch of retirees. In King of Thieves, Caine plays the leader of the gang of 60 and 70-somethings who must endure all sorts of physical ailments to pull off one of the greatest con-jobs in history.
The police thought it was a bunch of super thieves. In reality, it was a group of bored pensioners consulting how-to books to plan their heist.
Developed from Mark Seal’s Vanity Fair piece The Over the Hill Mob which details the group’s successful entry into the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company’s building via a lift shaft before drilling through 50cm-thick vault walls with heavy machinery, King of Thieves follows Ronnie Thompson’s forgettable but aptly titled 2017 effort The Hatton Garden Job with a much starrier cast and a director with far more acclaim and pedigree.
Here’s hoping it’s more fun…
Studiocanal has just released the new poster to welcome the film’s impending arrival as well as freshly cut trailers. King of Thieves debuts in UK cinemas from September 4.