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Search is on for talented Clare teen to star alongside Oscar winner Olivia Colman


A UK-based casting company is interested in hearing from Clare teenagers as they search for a co-lead to star alongside Oscar winner Olivia Colman in their latest movie. The character, ‘Mully’ is a 13-year-old Irish boy, and Casting Director Elaine Grainger stresses that previous acting experience is not necessary for what she calls a “breakout role”.

“For our upcoming feature film, Joyride, and playing joint-lead with Oscar winner Olivia Colman, we are hoping to discover a brand new cinematic talent for the role of 13-year-old Mully – to potentially find a future breakout film star. It is a complex, rewarding and challenging part; Mully is bold, sensitive, emotional, defiant and hilarious. The ideal boy will have a huge heart and boundless bravery, who will fearlessly take this journey with us.

The company would be interested in hearing from Clare teens with or without film experience, aged between 11 and 16, adding that “a fantastic singing voice would also be an advantage”.

In the past, Elaine, an Emmy-nominated UK-based Irish Casting Director, has cast numerous Hollywood productions including ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson, ‘London Has Fallen’ with Gerard Butler, Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Hampstead’ with Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, and ‘The Wife’ which Glenn Close was Oscar nominated for.

The co-lead in Joyride, Olivia Colman, has starred in ‘The Crown’ and ‘The Favourite’, and is a current Oscar nominee for ‘The Father’. Joyride is written by Irish writer Ailbhe Keogan and will be directed by Irish director Emer Reynolds and will shoot in Kerry between June and August.

Parents of interested Clare teens are asked to email egirishfilm@gmail.com with their child’s name, location, a recent photo and a little bit of information about them and acting experience, if any.

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