Jude Law has been asked to star in the West End version of the classic British film 'Withnail and I'.

The Evening Standard reports that Law has been approached to play the role made famous by Richard E Grant in the new production, which is being adapted for the stage by the film's makers, HandMade Films, and theatre producer Laurence Myers.

'Withnail and I' starred Grant and Paul McGann as two out-of-work actors in 1960s London who spend a calamitous weekend at the home of Withnail's Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths).

Speaking to the Evening Standard in the UK, the Chairman of HandMade Films, Patrick Meehan, said: "We were looking at Richard E Grant to reprise Withnail but we think he's too old. We have spoken to Jude Law's agent and we're waiting to hear. Paul McGann's past it for his role as well."

A spokesman for Griffiths said that while the actor had not been approached about the play, it was not "beyond the realms of possibility" that he could reprise his role as Uncle Monty.

The play will open outside London in the spring of next year before moving to the West End in the summer.