Having lost friends in Iraq and his wife in the London bombings, Bean's Ewan channels his anger into the hunt for cell leader Ash (Abhin Galeya). However, sinister cogs are turning behind the scenes as Cleanskin becomes a slick conspiracy thriller.
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Digital Spy sat down with Bean to discuss what drew him to the Hadi Hajaig-directed project and the material available to him relating to the UK's anti-terrorism plans.
Bean said: "The world's a little bit different than it was before 9/11. It's something not many people talked about, politics and extremism. Now we do, it's current, it's topical, it's controversial, and I wanted to be part of it.
"[Cleanskin] explored the psychology of these characters, it goes into their heads, particularly with the guys who recruit Ash, how they worm their way in and transform him into a terrorist."
Cleanskin opens in UK cinemas on March 9.