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Salon Pictures has announced that principal photography on My Name Is Lenny has wrapped after a four weeks shoot in the East End of London. The feature film, which added Academy Award nominated and BAFTA winning actor John Hurt (Alien, Midnight Express, The Elephant Man, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) to the cast, is being represented by the UK’s Embankment Films for worldwide sales, and will be distributed in the UK in 2017 by Lionsgate UK.

MY NAME IS LENNY is based on the true life story of Britain’s most notorious bare-knuckle fighter, Lenny McLean, also known as The Guv’nor. Josh Helman (X-Men: Apocalypse; Mad Max: Fury Road) stars as Britain’s toughest man, with BAFTA winner Chanel Cresswell (This Is England: 90; The Aliens) as his wife, Val McLean, and current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (Twin Peaks; xXx: Return of Xander Cage) as his arch rival, Roy ‘Pretty Boy’ Shaw. The supporting cast also featuresMichael Gambon (Harry Potter series; Hail Caesar), Nick Moran (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1&2), Jennifer Brooke (Astral), Charley Palmer Rothwell(Legend, Ripper Street) and the current bare knuckle world champion fighter Decca Heggie.

Michael Bisping as Roy Shaw and Josh Helman as Lenny McLean

Michael Bisping as Roy Shaw and Josh Helman as Lenny McLean

Directed by Ron Scalpello (Offender; Pressure; Bobby), the screenplay is an original work written byPaul Van Carter (Offender; The Guv’nor) and Martin Askew (Snow In Paradise; Rocknrolla). WriterPaul Van Carter and fellow Salon founder, Nick Taussig, produce, alongside Jamie McLean, son of Lenny, and Michael Mendelsohn of Patriot Pictures, LLC (Vengeance: A Love Story, I Am Wrath, Lord of War, Air Force One, Madness of King George), and Salon’s Christopher J Reynolds executive produces. Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Inc. will fully finance the picture, and Embankment Films’ Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar are handling international sales, with Lionsgate releasing the film in the UK. Salon Pictures recently wrapped on Jonathan Teplitzky’s CHURCHILL starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson.

MY NAME IS LENNY chronicles Lenny McLean’s origin as a young street fighter in 1970s East End London, the haunting effects of horrific childhood abuse, and his bitter rivalry with Roy Shaw across three unlicensed boxing matches, culminating in Lenny taking the championship title of “The Guv’nor”.

In his later life, Lenny McLean went on to become a bestselling author, and won TV and film roles, the most well known being “Barry the Baptist” in Guy Ritchie’s debut Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, shortly before passing away in 1998.

Salon has also produced the feature documentary The Guv’nor about McLean, which premiered in competition at the East End Film Festival and will be released on DVD from October 10th, again courtesy of Lionsgate.

Photo credit: Rob Youngson

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