26 May 2010
By Naman Ramachandran
Will begins football journey
Writer/Director Ellen Perry (The Fall of Fujimori) has commenced principal photography on Will, starring Damian Lewis, Bob Hoskins and newcomer Perry Eggelton in the title role, with special appearances by international football stars Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard of Liverpool Football Club, who are also both on the England team playing in the World Cup in South Africa.
The film, which follows an orphaned boy’s journey across Europe to the 2005 Champions League Final between Liverpool and AC Milan, in Istanbul, is shooting at locations in Liverpool, Kent, Paris and Turkey, including Istanbul’s Atatürk Olympic Stadium, and also at Elstree Studios.
Perry co-wrote with Zack Anderson and she also produces, with Taha Altayli, Timothy Nicholas and Mark Cooper for Strangelove Films. Executive producers are Stewart Till, Mustafa Karahan and Stephen Moffitt. Muharrem Gulmez is co-producer.
Eleven-year-old Will Brennan (Eggelton) is the world’s biggest Liverpool football fan. At his boys’ school in southern England, Will’s love and knowledge of the sport is all that sustains him. Then out of nowhere appears Will’s absentee father, Gareth (Lewis), and with two tickets to the biggest match of the year: the Champions League Final in Istanbul.
But before the two can begin their journey, Gareth dies suddenly. Determined to make the trip and honour his father’s dream, Will runs away. En route, he encounters Alek (Kristian Kiehling), a former Yugoslavian football star who abandoned the game during his country’s civil war. Despite his initial reluctance to help, Alek finds himself inspired by Will’s heroic journey and helps him fulfil his dream.