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Monday 23 October 2017

U2 pair teams up with Once director

THE Dublin-born director of hit film Once is working on a new film about music in Dublin during the 1980s, with U2's Bono and The Edge working on the score.

And John Carney has revealed that he plans to cast unknown actors and actresses in key roles for the project.

Mr Carney directed the Oscar-winning 2007 film Once, which starred The Frames singer Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

He has also released a new film called Begin Again, featuring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, who stars as an aspiring singer/songwriter, which will be in Irish cinemas on July 11.

But in an interview about that film, he revealed he was also working on a project called Sing Street with Bono and the Edge.

It has been set in the Dublin during the harsh recession of the 1980s and focuses on 14-year-old Cosmo, who decides to form a band with schoolmates, after finding home life difficult.

When family trouble flares up, he decides to flee to London with his 15-year-old girlfriend, who dreams of being a model.

In an interview with film website comingsoon.net Mr Carney spoke about his plans to "mix it up" with the cast.

He said: "That's exactly what we're doing. We're mixing it up, but certainly the main people will be unknowns, and it will star some great actors we're looking at for other roles. But it will be a film full of new faces."

The production has been described as a semi-autobiographical tale inspired by the film-maker's love of music. However he has said it will be different to Once.

"It's actually very different. It's all about kids, so it's very different in terms of ... it's not a grown-up movie.

"It's kind of like an adventure musical in a weird way, but it's set in the '80s in a school with a bunch of kids and then there are some teachers and parents," he said.

Lead

Auditions were held for the film in May, where hundreds of hopeful youngsters turned up to try and scoop a part.

The open casting session was looking for teenagers to play the lead boy, girl and other supporting roles in the film.

lbyrne@herald.ie

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