Kildare teenager Charlie Reid has been cast alongside Oscar-winner Olivia Colman in a new feature film which is set to begin shooting this month in Kerry.
Joyride from director Emer Reynolds, who made the recent Phil Lynott documentary, centres on Joy (Colman) and Mully (Reid), two troubled souls who forge an unlikely friendship and embark on an adventure together.
Fourteen-year-old Reid was chosen after a long and complicated search involving over 1,500 applicants.
Casting the character was difficult as the filmmakers wanted a teenager who could act and sing, and convincingly display confidence and vulnerability.
Meet MULLY! ☘️☘️☘️🚗🚗🚗🎥🎥🎥 https://t.co/fwpOwY8vCe— Emer Reynolds (@emerpreynolds) June 20, 2021
Reynolds, who won an Emmy for outstanding science documentary in 2018 for her film The Farthest: Voyager in Space, told The Guardian of casting Reid: "He has pure, raw talent – and that special something that all great actors have.
"I feel confident that this will be the beginning of an incredible journey for him."
Colman was hugely impressed by Reid's audition tapes, telling The Guardian: "He's clearly got it all. I’m going to have to really up my game. I can’t wait to work with him."
Reid's father Dominic, an entity support manager, said his son is "just thrilled" about landing the role.
"As a parent, to see your 14-year-old smile from ear to ear is pretty incredible," he added.
Embankment Films, the company behind Oscar-winner The Father, has arranged financing and is executive producing the film.