WHO’S IN IT?

Charlie Hunnam (The Lost City of Z), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Roland Møller (Atomic Blonde), Tommy Flanagan (Ratcatcher), Eve Hewson (Robin Hood), Michael Socha (This Is England), Ian Beattie (Starred Up), Yorick van Wageningen (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Nikola Kent (Swelter), Petar Cirica (Barking at the Stars)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

Michael Noer (Northwest), director; Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), writer; Ram Bergman (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Roger Corbi (Reflections), David Koplan (Blackbird) and Joey McFarland (The Wolf of Wall Street), producers; David Buckley (The Nice Guys), composer; Hagen Bogdanski (The Young Victoria), cinematographer; John Axelrad (The Lost City of Z) and Lee Haugen (Dope), editors

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

After he is framed for murder, Parisian safecracker Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Hunnam) is convicted and condemned to the hellish penal colony on Devil’s Island in French Guinea, from which nobody has ever escaped. Forming a friendship with quirky counterfeiter Louis Dega (Malek), the two men soon embark on a perilous escape…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

The classic story of French convict Henri Charrière, already adapted into a feature epic starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, is retold with vigour and sheer passion with two great lead performances by Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2018