Michael Caine to play Fagin in Twist

Michael Caine is to play Fagin in a new modern interpretation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

The film, which is titled Twist, stars Raff Law (son of Jude) in the lead role.

Lena Headey is also in the cast, playing a female version of the notorious Sikes.

The cast also includes Rita Ora, David Walliams, Franz Drameh and Sophie Simnett.

Twist is being made by Sky and will be launched on its Sky Cinema channel and in cinemas at the same time.

The film’s plot sees Oliver Twist reinvented as a streetwise artist living on the streets of modern-day London. A chance encounter with a gang of grifters led by the charismatic Dodge (Ora) sees Twist caught up in a high-stakes heist to steal a priceless painting for master thief Fagin, and his psychopathic business partner, Sikes (Headey). Drameh will play Batesey, Simnett will play Red and Walliams will play Losberne.

“Fagin is such an infamous character, it’s going to be great fun playing him,” said Caine. “I’m really looking forward to working with Lena, Raff and the rest of the cast in London when we start shooting.”

Filming is due to begin this autumn.

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