The cast for Eoin Macken’s newest feature Here Are the Young Men has been announced. Irish actor Ferdia Walsh Peelo (Sing Street, Vikings) will be joined by international stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones), and Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders).

The film is a coming-of-age drama, based on the debut novel of Irish author Rob Doyle, which was published in 2014. Set in the summer of 2003, it sees aimless teenager Matthew (Chapman) yearn after his childhood sweetheart, Jen (Taylor-Joy), an independent girl on her own trajectory. Matthew is soon pulled into a world of nihilistic, toxic masculinity by a charismatic friend (Cole), while another precocious friend (Walsh-Peelo) starts to succumb to paranoia.

Writer/director Macken is best known for leading roles in TV series Merlin and The Night Shift, as well as starring in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and the forthcoming SyFy and Netflix series Nightflyers. The film will also feature Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones) and Lola Petticrew (Next of Kin).

Here Are the Young Men is produced by Richard Bolger (Cardboard Gangsters) for Irish production company TYM Productions and Noah Haeussner for Union Entertainment Group, with support from Screen Ireland. Edwina Casey will co-produce, with Paul W.S. Anderson, Andrew Davies Gans, Conor Barry and Michael Raimondi as executive producers.

Production will begin in Ireland this month, with post at Egg Post Productions.

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