13 September 2010 3:18 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Since his award winning success playing Ian Curtis in Control, West Yorkshire born Sam Riley has only had one film released (last year's Franklyn). All that looks set to change with the news (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he has accepted the role of the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe in A Dead Man In Deptford. James Purefoy, Ray Winstone, Ed Speleers and Adam Sinclair will also feature in the film adapted from a novel by A Clockwork Orange writer Anthony Burgess.

Marlowe - one of the originators of blank verse drama and Shakespeare's greatest contemporary - was something of a shady characters and rumours since his death (he was murdered during a brawl in Deptford 1593) have pointed towards him being, among other things, a government spy, a heretic and a homosexual.

Riley is currently in Toronto for the first presentation of his latest film - an all-star remake of the »

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