Emily Blunt will join Rupert Friend in Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill, a romantic road trip comedy that will serve as Rupert Friend's directorial debut.

Rupert Friend also wrote the script, which he is producing alongside Aaron L. Gilbert of Bron Studios and Margot Hand. The story follows a downtrodden con-artist who teams up with a woman to show her the tricks of his trade. The woman turns the tables on her teacher, and the two embark on a long road trip, picking up a 10-year old Mexican boy along the way. They soon find themselves pursued by a Confederate newspaper mogul named Bill.

Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend previously appeared together in 2009's The Young Victoria. Barton & Charlie & Checco & Bill begins shooting this spring.