Sunday, November 28, 2010

First look at Superhero

Two of Screenterrier's favourite young actors Thomas Sangster (recently seen in BBC3 film Some Dogs Bite) and Aisling Loftus (star of Dive and one of Screenterrier's Faces to Watch from 2009) join forces to star in Superhero, a new feature film from Grand Pictures,  which has just wrapped after shooting for 6 weeks in Ireland and Germany.

'Superhero' is based on Anthony McCarten's novel 'Death of a Superhero' and centres around Donald Clarke, a terminally ill teenager who craves sex and adventure, however his time is limited and he’s never even had a girlfriend. As a form of escape, Donald retreats from the harsh realities of life to his illustrated comic book adventures. These stories see the indestructible Miraculousman fight a never-ending battle against his arch nemesis, the mad scientist known as The Glove.

After reluctantly seeing several psychologists Donald meets shrink number six, Dr. Adrian King, 'Dr. Death' (played by Andy Serkis) as he calls him. After a shaky start they come to a mutual understanding and unexpectedly end up helping each other. Then Shelly (Aisling Loftus) arrives on the scene; she is the new girl at school, she’s cool, and different from all the other girls. Donald really likes her and life certainly looks brighter with her around…

Thomas Sangster plays the lead role of Donald. The now 20 year old actor bears only a fleeting resemblance to the doe-eyed boy who played Liam Neeson’s son in ‘Love Actually’ and this stark difference is only highlighted by the fact that Thomas has had his hair and eyebrows shaved off to play cancer patient, Donald. On set, wearing a thick woolly hat, Thomas was acutely aware of his new appearance: “I shaved it about three weeks ago and it was really helpful getting into character. I mean shaving the head was one thing but getting rid of the eyebrows is even more shocking when I look in the mirror.” The role of Donald not only called for him to lose vast quantities of hair but also that he adopt a Dublin accent.

Superhero is aiming for a theatrical release at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012.

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