SCOTTISH star James McAvoy is set to make his directorial debut on a movie about the true story of two Scottish rappers from Dundee.

Gavin Bain and Billy Boyd - fed up of London record producers not taking Scottish rap seriously and dismissing them as "rapping Proclaimers" - tricked the international music industry in the early 2000s by adopting American accents and reinventing themselves as Californian rap duo, Silibil N’ Brains.

They quickly had success, before it all started falling apart.

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BAFTA winner McAvoy told Deadline: “What these two young men from Dundee attempted beggars belief and I can’t wait to bring this absolutely incredible, and also very Scottish/Californian story to the cinema.

“Using Scottish talent behind and in front of the camera is something I’m passionate about and I’m over the moon to be making my directorial debut in my homeland.

“The film will first and foremost be a celebration of the Scottish spirit, but the ‘Silibil N’ Brains’ duo’s audacious fakery can’t help but appeal to audiences worldwide.”

The film is being produced by Homefront Productions, which is led by Scottish producer Guy J Louthan and will start shooting next year – the majority of which will be in Scotland.