Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter is to star in a new film to be set and filmed entirely in the West Midlands.
The actress will star in a BBC adaption of TV cook Nigel Slater’s book Toast, which focuses on his time growing up in Wolverhampton in the 1960s.
Slater will be played by Freddie Highmore, who took the title role in Tim Burton’s Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Filming begins this week and will be shot around Birmingham and Wolverhampton with key scenes being filmed at the Black Country Living Museum.
Toast, which has sold more than a quarter of a million copies, traces a childhood through foods which have gone in and out of fashion.
Slater has said he sought solace in food after his mother died when he was nine, and he then had a difficult relationship with both his father and step-mother.
The film has received financial backing from regional screen agency Screen WM, through its Advantage Media Production Fund, which is supported by Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund.
Other stars in the film include Birmingham School of Acting alumnus Sarah Middleton, and Frasier Huckle who plays Nigel’s school friend Warrel.
Suzie Norton, of Screen WM, said: “We are delighted that Ruby Films has made Birmingham and the Black Country its home for the production of Toast.
"The film will make excellent use of the region as the backdrop to a unique and touching story, and the benefit of the additional economic impact, whether through employing local crew or using local facilities and locations, cannot be underestimated.”