“Sing Street” fans, worry no more: the breakout star of John Carney’s absolutely charming ’80s-set musical coming-of-age tale has finally locked up his first feature film role since busting loose in the 2016 feature. Irish actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo has only lightly dabbled in on screen roles since the film was released — including a part in the series “Vikings” and a role in the TV movie “Dave Allen at Peace” — but he’s locked up a brand new starring role in an intriguing-sounding film.
Written and directed by Eoin C. Macken, “Here Are the Young Men” will also star “The Witch” breakout Anya Taylor-Joy, “Game of Thrones” star Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole, Lola Petticrew, and Conleth Hill. It is set to start principal photography in later this month.
The film is adapted from Rob Doyle’s acclaimed Irish novel of the same name and, per its official synopsis, “is set in 2003, where in one last summer of adolescence, an aimless teenager named Matthew (Chapman), is pulled into a world of nihilistic toxic masculinity by his charismatic friend Kearney (Cole). Matthew yearns after his childhood sweetheart Jen (Taylor-Joy), an independent girl on her own trajectory, whilst their precocious friend Rez (Walsh-Peelo), starts to succumb to paranoia.”
Filmmaker Eoin C. Macken is also a novelist and actor. He’ll next be seen on the George R.R. Martin Syfy/Netflix series “Nightflyers,” as well as the Netflix feature “Close.” Fans of the “Resident Evil” films might also recognize him from “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” His latest effort, “Leopard,” which he wrote, directed, and starred in alongside Jack Reynor and Tom Hopper recently wrapped.
The film is being produced by TYM Productions’ Richard Bolger and Union Entertainment Group’s Noah Haeussner, with Edwina Casey co-producing. Paul W.S. Anderson, Andrew Davies Gans, Conor Barry, and Michael Raimondi are serving as executive producers. The film will be produced by Irish production company TYM Productions with support from Screen Ireland.