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'Twist': Sky's Modern Retelling Of Oliver Twist Stars Michael Caine, Rita Ora And David Walliams

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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'Twist': Sky's Modern Retelling Of Oliver Twist Stars Michael Caine, Rita Ora And David Walliams

Featured Image Credit: Sky Cinema

Watching a Charles Dickens drama is a big part of hibernation season - so we couldn't be happier that Sky Cinema is set to drop a modern retelling of Oliver Twist.

Featuring an all-star cast including Sir Michael Caine, David Walliams and Rita Ora, the film substitutes the original Victorian setting for modern-day London.

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Set for release on 29th January 2021, the modern interpretation sees Oliver (played by newcomer Raff Law) reinvented as Twist, a streetwise artist living on the streets of Britain's capital.

A chance encounter with a gang of fraudsters led by the charismatic Dodge (Rita Ora) sees Twist caught up in a high stakes heist to steal a painting for master thief, Fagin (Caine) and his psychopathic business partner Sikes (GOT's Lena Headey).

Meanwhile, Little Britain's David Walliams stars as Losberne, the target of the gang's crimes.

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Newcomer Raff Law plays Twist, a streetwise artist (Credit: Sky Cinema)
Newcomer Raff Law plays Twist, a streetwise artist (Credit: Sky Cinema)

Talking about his role, Raff Law said: "I'm excited to play such a well-loved literary character, and I'm looking forward to working with Martin Owen to bring to life his new take on the character in modern-day London."

Game of Thrones actor Lena Headey, who plays the part of Sikes, commented: "I couldn't be more excited to take on the iconic character of Sikes from Oliver Twist.

"Flipping roles without apology or character softening is a brilliant way to breathe new life into established materials and bring it to new audiences."

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Sarah Wright, director of Sky Cinema and acquisitions at Sky U.K. & Ireland, said: "Twist is Dickens' classic tale as you've never seen it before.

Rita Ora will play charismatic 'Dodge', a reimagined Artful Dodger (Credit: Sky Cinema)
Rita Ora will play charismatic 'Dodge', a reimagined Artful Dodger (Credit: Sky Cinema)

"Daring, modern and packed full of the greatest British talent, this co-production demonstrates Sky's ambition for original films. I can't wait for our customers to see it."

'Twist' is set for release on 29th January 2021.

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, TV Entertainment

Mary-Jane Wiltsher
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