Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Perry Eggleton is "Will"

11 year old newcomer Perry Eggleton from Brighton stars alongside Damien Lewis and Bob Hoskins in Ellen Perry's film Will, about an orphan’s journey across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.

Perry (who attends St Aubyns School in Rottingdean) 's previous acting experience includes appearing in Oliver! in the West End at the end of last year but this is his first film role.

Eleven-year-old Will Brennan (Eggelton) is the world's biggest Liverpool football fan. At his boys’ school in southern England, Will’s love and knowledge of the sport is all that sustains him. Then out of nowhere appears Will’s absentee father, Gareth (Lewis), and with two tickets to the biggest match of the year: the Champions League Final in Istanbul.

But before the two can begin their journey, Gareth dies suddenly. Determined to make the trip and honour his father's dream, Will runs away. En route, he encounters Alek (Kristian Kiehling), a former Yugoslavian football star who abandoned the game during his country’s civil war. Despite his initial reluctance to help, Alek finds himself inspired by Will’s heroic journey and helps him fulfil his dream.

The film also includes cameo performances from Liverpool footballers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

Filming in the Turkish town of Balat, containing the Ataturk Olympic Stadium scene and a Paris-set scene took place in May and June. The production moves to England and France for further shoots.

Will is scheduled to be released in the USA, England, Germany and Italy in December 2010, and in Turkey in February 2011.

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