Cameras start to roll today on the Belfast set of ‘Whole Lotta Sole’, a new feature form Oscar nominated Irish director Terry George (writer, Hotel Rwanda, In the Name of the Father) starring Brendan Fraser (Crash), Colm Meaney (Parked) and Martin McCann (The Pacific).
The comedy heist thriller will shoot for six weeks in Belfast. Lead actor Martin McCann is excited about the production, telling IFTN “I am going to love this one!”
‘Whole Lotta Sole’ will shoot in and around Belfast from today, April 8th until mid-May. In the feature Yaya DaCosta (The Kids are All Right) plays Sophie, the girlfriend of Brendan Fraser’s Joe Maguire who, along with a baby and two ten-year old tearaways, are taken hostage in Maguire’s antique shop by Martin McCann’s young gunman, Jimbo who is being pursued by Colm Meaney's police detective Weller after a botched robbery at a Belfast fishmongers owned by gangland boss Mad Dog Flynn, played by David O’Hara (The Departed).
Director Terry George is looking forward to making his latest feature in his home land, commenting that: “It's a great pleasure to be back shooting a film that I think highlights the humour, resilience and spirit of its people in an ultimately uplifting and heart-warming way. I want people to laugh and marvel as much as I do when I return to this reborn country and I believe ‘Whole Lotta Sole’ will do just that, thanks to a wonderful cast and a great local crew.”
Produced by Generator Entertainment’s Mark Huffam (Killing Bono, Game of Thrones) the feature sees Des Whelan (Rogairi) on set as director of photography, David Craig (Kings) on board as production designer and Hazel Webb Crozier (Your Highness) working as the film’s costume designer. The film will be edited over the summer by Nick Emerson (Cherrybomb) and the film's soundtrack will be composed by Foy Vance (Golden Delicious).
Speaking with IFTN earlier this week, IFTA winning lead actor Martin McCann voiced his excitement about the upcoming production of ‘Whole Lotta Sole’, saying: “I’m just really excited to get working with Terry George - even in my audition for the film I got a real sense that this is one director and writer with more talent in his baby finger than I have in my entire body!
“It’s nice to know your working with someone that will up your game and as for the other cast members, they speak for themselves. I am going to love this one!”
Budget information for the film is TBC but support funding has come from Northern Ireland Screen, Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund.