Paul Anderson, the actor who plays Arthur Shelby in Peaky Blinders, has been accused of misconduct by a colleague. However, he has denied the allegations, and the BBC are launching an investigation into the incident.
A source close to Anderson told The Sun, “Paul has had an issue to deal with away from the set after a claim was made — which he completely denies. Of course, it is being looked into thoroughly. It’s still early days for the film, and shooting of scenes hasn’t started yet, so it would be possible to rewrite and amend the script and storyline to explain his absence if it ever came to that.”
As mentioned above, there is a Peaky Blinders film in the works. In October, Cillian Murphy said that the script for the film adaptation was nearly finished and added that it would likely continue from where the sixth and final season of the TV show ended.
“I believe [it’s finished], he said, “I’ve still not read it [the script], but that’s the plan. The plan is to make a film and continue the story but in the cinematic world rather than on television. The television part of the story is finished. If there are more stories to tell, I’m there. I just haven’t read it yet, but it’s close, apparently.”
The show’s creator, Stephen Knight, recently revealed that he had tried to sign Vicky McClure to the cast of the film. Discussing what angle the film might take, he said, “I know what’s going to happen in those stories, and it’s about a sort of untold story that happened in the Second World War, which Peakys are going to be involved in.”
However, Knight stopped short of mentioning whether or not Paul Anderson would feature in the film, given the recent allegations: “We wouldn’t discuss any individual, but it’s too early at this stage to say who will be in the movie.”