James McAvoy gets… well, really filthy in this very NSFW red band trailer for Irvine Welsh's FILTH

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After spending a number of years in Hollywood, practicing his Americanese, Scottish born actor James McAvoy has lately cued up a number of projects in the UK. He’ll play cops and robbers with Mark Strong in Welcome to the Punch and also play robbers and other more messed up robbers in Danny Boyle’s Trance (expect our review on Monday).

But it’s his third UK project, a film adaptation of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s novel, Filth, which will probably be his most memorable. And by memorable, I mean HOLY CRAP WOW THAT’S MESSED UP.

A bipolar bigoted junkie cop, manipulates and hallucinates his way through the festive season in a bid to secure promotion and win back his wife and daughter.

(I wasn’t kidding about the NSFW tag, so you may want to put on headphones and make sure nobody’s behind you before clicking play.)

2013 seems to McAvoy’s year for going all dark and edgy, and also apparently the year to grow a ginger homeless person beard. Whether the two are related, I’ll leave to you decide. Here’s what he told The Daily Record, back when he was just cast in the film, about taking such a twisted role as perverted, alcoholic, drug addicted policeman Bruce Robertson.

“I’m taking probably the biggest risk of my career in playing the part in Filth.”

“It’s an incredible role for me, unlike anything I’ve ever done and a massive ­challenge. One I hope I don’t dash myself on.”

Along with writer-director Jon S. Baird, Welsh has co-wrote the screenplay himself, so you know he won’t be pulling any punches with some of his book’s more… shall we say risque ideas. So while that trailer is most definitely NSFW, wait until they get to the bestiality and sentient tapeworm. Yes, sentient tapeworm.

This looks like it could be a fast talking, foul mouthed, violent, shocking, drug trippy experience. Or as they call it in Scotland: Thursday.

No exact release date has been set yet, but Filth will be drunkenly sauntering into and throwing up in cinemas some time in September 2013.

Last Updated: April 12, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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