Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are set to star in THE HOMELESS WORLD CUP from Fox Searchlight. Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce, the drama, based on a true story, is being produced by Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin through their Blueprint Pictures, with Ben Knight overseeing for Blueprint and Matthew Greenfield overseeing for Fox Searchlight.
Sources confirm that Farrell will play Vinny Gallagher, who is newly homeless and still in denial regarding his status as a man of the streets in Dublin. When he’s invited to play for the Homeless World Cup, he’s offered an unexpected chance at redemption and companionship, so long as he can learn to play well with others.
The Homeless World Cup is an annual tournament which advocates the end of homelessness through the sport of soccer, first organized in 2003 by Homeless World Cup organization co-founders Harald Schmied and Mel Young. Gleeson will play Young in the film.
The story is one close to Farrell’s heart, as both the son of a professional soccer player, as well as the narrator of the 2008 documentary Kicking It from director Susan Koch, which followed the lives of six players as they set off for the Homeless World Cup in South Africa.
This will mark the first re-teaming of Farrell and Gleeson since their successful pairing in 2008’s In Bruges–also produced by Blueprint. That film received overwhelmingly positive reviews, particularly in regards to the chemistry between Gleeson and Farrell.
Farrell was most recently seen in season two of HBO’s True Detective, and is currently shooting the highly-anticipated Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Gleeson, meanwhile, will next appear in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, and has recently jumped on board the feature adaptation of the popular video game Assassin’s Creed.
With Farrell and Gleeson attached, producers are hoping their star power can attract the right director to bring this incredible true story to the big screen.
Josh Lyons | Staff Writer