HE was one of the scariest Costa gangsters ever put to celuloid.
Now Sir Ben Kingsley – who played crook Don Logan in hit movie Sexy Beast – could be making a costa comeback with a new crime movie based on the Costa del Sol.
But, according to the writer behind the new movie Shill, he is facing some stiff competition from top British actors Ray Winston and Brian Cox.
“They are all up for the role of Victor Drake, who is a veteran crime boss,” writer Paul Grimshaw told the Olive Press.
The film, which will be shot in Marbella in May, follows the life of two Costa conmen from very different generations.
The other gangster role, Shill, is set to be taken by rising star Sam Riley, who has just received praise for his role in Brit flick Brighton Rock.
Real life hardman-turned-actor Vinnie Jones, who is the executive producer, is also in the movie. Jones is in the process of finalising a couple of big deals so the 13 million euro budget film begins on time.
Writer Grimshaw, 44, who has worked as an estate agent in Marbella for 20 years, based the script on his own real life experiences.
“The character of Drake is more a metaphor for the old-school criminal activities that went on when I was first here 20 years ago.
“But Shill, the younger character, is a modern day version and more of an anti-hero.
“I think it’s about time we had a loveable rogue on our screen.”
Paul’s script got picked up on Facebook by the production company behind cult classic Quadraphenia.
The plot of Shill shows how massive profits can be made from so-called ‘shill bidding’ – a highly illegal practice of falsely inflating prices of goods sold on auction sites like eBay.
Having made a fortune, the character Shill needs to hide his black money and decides to make a deal with crime baron Drake, but a bloody mutiny results.