Star Wars' Riz Ahmed and Downton Abbey's Lily James join thriller Relay

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Sound of Metal actor Riz Ahmed and Downton Abbey, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Sky Mobile advert actress Lily James have been cast in a brand-new thriller.

As reported by TheWrap, the duo will front Relay, a contemporary thriller in which Ahmed will play a 'fixer', a man who tries to broker pay-offs between people who are threatening to expose corrupt companies, and the companies themselves.

His character tries to keep working in the shadows, but his identity might be exposed when James's character comes looking for him, fearing for her life and looking for protection.

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Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie will helm this one, which will begin production in April and is being taken to the European Film Market to find a distributor.

Last year saw James star in Pam & Tommy, a show that told the story of the story of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's sex tape drama.

Despite Anderson herself speaking out against the limited series, James recently said that she hoped she did the Baywatch star proud.

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"With a real person, morally, you want to do them justice. Feeling like you could ever possibly have the right to tell someone’s actual story is a confusing conversation and something I still think about with Pamela," she told The Mirror.

"I still hope and pray I did her justice. But with anything, you just have to trust your instincts and know your intentions are good in shaping a story.

"The more I watched Pamela, the more I tried to inhabit her and sensed how strong and fierce-spirited she is and the more I felt inspired by her. Experiences like that give me a bit of a buzz and a bit of fire to march on in life."

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