Emma Thompson joins `Long Midnight of Barney Thomson`

Los Angeles: `Saving Mr Banks` star Emma Thompson has joined the star cast of comedy thriller `The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson` which will mark the directorial debut of Robert Carlyle.

The script, based on a series of novels by Douglas Lindsay, was adapted for the screen by Richard Cowan and Colin McLaren, reported Variety.

Carlyle will also star in the title role of a Scottish barber who stumbles into serial murder. Thompson will play his mother.

The film is slated to go into production in the first half of this year.