Anya Taylor-Joy, ‘Game Of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman, Finn Cole To Star In ‘Here Are The Young Men’
DEADLINE – The Witch breakout star Anya Taylor-Joy, Dean-Charles Chapman (Game Of Thrones), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders), and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street) have been tapped as the leads in Here Are The Young Men, a film adaptation based on Rob Doyle’s Irish novel of the same name. The pic is written and being directed by filmmaker Eoin C. Macken.
The film takes place 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.
Lola Petticrew and Conleth Hill are set to co-star in the feature, which begins shooting this month.
Producers are TYM Production’s 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.
Taylor-Joy’s upcoming projects include X-Men film The New Mutants and M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. Chapman played Tommen Baratheon on GOT and currently recurs on AMC’s Into the Badlands. In addition to the BBC series Peaky Blinders, Cole also stars on the TNT drama Animal Kingdom. Walsh-Peelo plays Alfred the Great in the fifth season of History’s Vikings.
Taylor-Joy is repped by CAA, Troika, and Felker Toczek; Chapman by Troika and WME; Cole by Troika and WME; Walsh-Peelo by WME and Independent Talent Group.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Anya Taylor-Joy, who broke onto the scene with her lauded performance in A24’s The Witch, has been tapped as the title character in Weetzie Bat, the film adaptation of Francesca Lia Block’s cult favorite 1980s novel that Justin Kelly is directing. Love, Simon star Nick Robinson, American Honey standout Sasha Lane, Theodore Pellerin (Boy Erased) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Love, Simon, The Flash) also will star in the pic, which is described as a neon-lit fairy tale.
Weetzie (Taylor-Joy) is an ethereal pixie living in 1980s Los Angeles, where she grew up the child of an alcoholic starlet mother and a junkie screenwriter father. She teams up with her Mohawked best friend Dirk (Pellerin) to find love, leading her to mysterious trenchcoat-wearing filmmaker Max (Robinson) and platinum-haired surfer Duck (Lonsdale). But when their bliss is threatened by deaths, breakups and Max’s witchy and bitter ex-girlfriend Vixanne (Lane), Weetzie must take off her pink harlequin sunglasses in order to confront life’s darkness and find happiness in a city known as much for the glamour of fame and fortune as the darkness of cults and crime.
Thor Bradwell, Justin Kelly, and Joshua Thurston are the producers on Weetzie Bat.
Block, who also penned the screenplay for the film, has authored more than 25 books spanning fiction, nonfiction, short stories and poetry. Repped by Intellectual Property Group, she has written scripts for Fox Searchlight and MTV and is currently developing other screenplays based on her work.
Taylor-Joy, recently seen in M. Night Shyalaman’s Split and Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, next stars in Fox’s X-Men: The New Mutants and the next film in Shyalaman’s Unbreakable series, Glass. She’s repped by CAA and Troika.
Anya and (Thoroughbreds‘ director) Cory Finley attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations to discuss Thoroughbreds at the Robin Williams Center in New York City (March 8).