Friday, November 12, 2010
Skins star Jack O’Connell will portray Bobby Charlton in a film about the Munich air disaster that killed several of Manchester United’s young players, known as the Busby Babes.
The film, called United, is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League, the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number and the extraordinary spirit of a city that rebuilt the team in the wake of the disaster. It will also star David Tennant as Manchester United trainer Jimmy Murphy. The tragic events of that day will be seen through the eyes of Charlton (O'Connell), who was on the plane that crashed that February day in 1958.
The drama, written by Chris Chibnall for BBC Television, will show the tragedy of the air crash, but also explore how Busby and Murphy had built their team up with players such as Mark Jones, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards and Charlton.
O’Connell, who filmed roles in features Eden Lake and Harry Brown after playing Cook in Skins, will soon be seen in the Sky TV drama Runaway, based on Martina Cole’s novel. He also recently starred in acclaimed BBC2 drama Dive.
And Sam Claflin (Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, Any Human Heart) has been cast as star player Duncan Edwards.
Simon Heath, Executive Producer, World Productions, says: "Chris Chibnall has written an authentic and moving version of this heartbreaking story, which with the help of a great cast, we hope will be a fitting tribute to those who survived and those who lost their lives at Munich."
United starts filming later this month in and around the North East of England.