'Sexy Beast' star Ray Winstone is to play one of the lead roles in the new film adaptation of 1970s TV classic 'The Sweeney'.

The Hollywood Reporter says director Nick Love has cast Winstone as Jack Regan, the character made famous by the late John Thaw.

There is no information on the casting of Regan's sidekick, George Carter, who was played by Dennis Waterman in the series and two previous 'Sweeney' movies.

Love, whose credits include 'The Football Factory' and 'The Business', is currently working on a new draft of the screenplay.