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Friday 15 December 2017

Ronan's girl set for stardom with LEAD role in scary movie

THE eldest daughter of Boyzone star Ronan Keating has landed a role in a horror film, the Herald can reveal.

Schoolgirl Missy Keating is just 11 years of age but appears destined to follow her parents Ronan and mum Yvonne to stardom.

Missy, who is sister to Jack (13) and six-year-old Ali, has landed the coveted lead role of horror film Dark Touch, which is already being compared to Swedish multi award-winning masterpiece, Let The Right One In.

Missy, also known as Marie, started filming in Ireland at the start of February and will travel to Sweden in early March for the rest of the shoot.

Dark Touch tells the story of an isolated house in the countryside which appears to come alive and attack the family living inside it.

Missy plays Niamh, the sole survivor of this carnage, after the house has killed her parents and little brother. Police suspect the murders to have been orchestrated by vicious killers, and ignore Niamh's testimony about the furniture coming to life.

After the young girl takes refuge with friends of her parents, however, danger still lurks nearby with new victims at hand. Missy's character will appear in nearly every scene of the film. She is described as a "sweet and fragile" child with a troubled past.

Missy is understood to be well prepared for the challenging role which could set up her up on the path of Hollywood stardom.

The talented youngster has been taking acting classes for several years, and her hair was dyed black to fit with the dark tone of the film.

She made her acting debut alongside her parents for a Nintendo DS television advert that was released in Ireland in 2009.

Proud mum Yvonne (38) was so thrilled about her daughter's first steps in the movie industry that she revealed how the family marked the occasion this month.



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"Exciting first week's work on set for Missy. After working hard, what does she want to do on her first day off??? Yep ... Go to the cinema !!," Yvonne wrote.

Ronan (34) was in Australia for a tour during his little girl's first day of filming but he returned to Ireland in time for Missy's birthday last week.

Dark Touch was written and directed by French filmmaker Marina de Van, who was nominated for the prestigious Cesar award for the script of Eight Women, a celebrated French film with international stars such as Catherine Deneuve and Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach).

IFTA-nominated actress Marcella Plunkett from Stella Days joins the cast, as well as Raw actor Padraic Delaney (The Wind That Shakes The Barley).

Nine-year-old actor Art Parkinson, one of the young stars of popular series Game Of Thrones, is also rumoured to be part of this stellar cast, portraying one of the children.

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