According to Variety, Lexi Alexander will direct Life 'n' Lyrics, the debut project from Esther Douglas and Fiona Neilson's recently formed shingle Fiesta Prods. The pic, which will star Ashley Walters ("Bullet Boy"), will begin shooting in June.

Life 'n' Lyrics, described as 8 Mile meets Romeo and Juliet, is a love story set against the backdrop of London's urban music scene. Pic follows South London DJ Danny and his crew as they battle onstage against their North London rivals. Danny unwittingly falls for a singer from the rival crew, but soon realizes the danger of their taboo relationship.

The pic was written by Ken Williams and was developed with the U.K. Film Council and the European Union's Media program.

Alexander secured an Oscar nomination for short "Johnny Flynton" and helmed the upcoming Hooligans, starring Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam and Claire Forlani. Latter pic won numerous awards at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival.

Walters is filming Jim Sheridan's Get Rich or Die Tryin' in Toronto and New York.