Friday, August 19, 2011
Shooting is due to start at the end of August on Private Peaceful, a feature film based on the 2003 novel by the award-winning children’s author, Michael Morpurgo. The story follows the journey of two brothers from childhood growing up in a rural English village, all the way to fighting in France during WW1 – a tragic, surprising and moving tale.
George MacKay (represented by Gordon and French) will star as Tommo. George started acting when he was 10 and landed the role of Curly, one of the Lost Boys in the 2003 feature Peter Pan. He has worked steadily since, and more recently he appeared in Defiance and The Boys Are Back.
Jack O'Connell (represented by Conway Van Gelder) will play his brother Charlie. Jack, from Derby, has worked consistently since leaving Skins starring in Dive and most recently Sky 1's The Runaway and as a young Bobby Charlton in United.
Alexandra Roach (represented by Troika), recently seen in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, and soon to be seen as the young Maggie in The Iron Lady and in Trap for Cinderella, plays Molly, the love of both the brother's lives.
13 year old Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (the young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter) will play the young Charlie.
Samuel Bottomley (represented by Curtis Brown) will play young Tommo. Samuel got his break after being cast in Paddy Considine’s directorial debut, Tyrannosaur.
Izzy Meikle-Small (represented by United Agents) who seems to be cornering the market in "younger versions" after featuring as the young Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go, and next to be seen as Young Estella in the BBC's Christmas adaptation of Great Expectations, plays the young Molly.
Private Peaceful details the gritty rural lives and loves of Tommo and Charlie – two young brothers – and their poor Devonshire family from 1909 until 1916, when the outbreak of war destroys their country idyll. Both join up (one under age) leaving behind the beautiful Molly who is the love of both their lives.
The young men survive gas attacks, shelling, German troops and the appalling deaths of their close friends. But one thing they cannot escape is summary military justice.
Private peaceful is being filmed near Ipswich from the end of August – October 2011. The film company is Fluidity Films and it is being produced by Guy De Beaujeu and Simon Reade (also the screenwriter), and will be directed by Pat O’Connor.