And Merveille Lukeba is attached to play Muslim cannabis dealer Ayyash Habimana.
And if that wasn't weird enough - Mark Knopfler OBE, former Dire Straits lead guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and all round music legend - is attached for the film score.
It's all getting a bit exciting now. I'm over the moon with the casting. There are not that many actors around that can play Nat and Jonathan Pryce is an excellent choice. I'm delighted he likes the script enough to want to do it. He's a British institution and eerily, even looks a bit like how I thought Nat should.
Once we'd nailed the character of Ayyash, Merv was always our first choice. The script was basically written for him and my rather gushing review of his performance in SKINS is now a bit embarrassing having met him. I'm pretty sure he has better things to do though than read my blog so I think I'm safe.
And the involvement of Knopfler. Well that was just something Producer/Director John Goldschmidt pulled out of the hat and it feels rather odd that someone who is a legend in their field wants to invest his time, experience and talent working on something I wrote.
As William Thacker might say, nice... surreal, but nice.