Irish teenager Charlie Reid lands main movie position with Olivia Colman
An Irish teenager has been plucked from obscurity and forged alongside Olivia Colman, one of many trade’s most sought-after actors, because the lead characters in a function movie that begins taking pictures this month.
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Reid, from County Kildare, is claimed to be “completely thrilled” to have been picked to play a 13-year-old “scallywag” reverse Colman, who gained an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favorite and whose acclaimed performances embody Queen Elizabeth within the Netflix hit The Crown.
The brand new feelgood movie, referred to as Joyride, centres on Pleasure and Mully, two troubled souls who forge an unlikely friendship and embark on a riotous journey. Movie-makers discovered Reid after “an enormous hunt” involving about 1,500 candidates.
Talking to the Guardian, the movie’s director, Emer Reynolds, mentioned of Reid: “He has pure, uncooked expertise – and that particular one thing that each one nice actors have.”
Casting his character had been troublesome as a result of they needed an adolescent who couldn’t solely act and sing however exude confidence and vulnerability.
The movie’s co-producer Aoife O’Sullivan, of Subotica, one among Eire’s main manufacturing corporations, selected Reid after watching lots of of taped auditions. “I instantly thought he had one thing particular,” she mentioned.
Earlier than rehearsals, Colman met Reid final week over Zoom, having been impressed by his audition tapes. “He completely blew me away,” she advised the Guardian. “He’s clearly received all of it. I’m going to have to actually up my recreation. I can’t wait to work with him.”
Reynolds, who sat in on the assembly, mentioned: “Olivia was complimenting him on his pure skills and the way great she thought he was for the half. He has what Mully has, that basically beguiling mixture of confidence and vulnerability. She was giving him recommendation about taking pictures out of order and studying his strains, and that they’ll be an ally for one another. The movie is predicated on their relationship [as] the primary characters.”
O’Sullivan mentioned he would play a rascal who can be sort. “His father within the script is main him down the flawed path. He’s a thief. His mom has died and he’s at a really weak level in his life the place he might observe in his father’s footsteps or go the fitting approach.”
In actual life, Reid’s father, Dominic, is an entity help supervisor, who spoke of his son’s ardour for the theatre. Requested concerning the casting, he mentioned: “He’s simply thrilled … As a dad or mum, to see your 14-year-old smile from ear to ear is fairly unbelievable.”
Till the pandemic, his son had been an everyday performer in beginner theatre with desires of an expert profession.
Elaine Grainger, a casting director, discovered the younger star in conducting “an extended, onerous search”, which proved to be a “mammoth activity” as a result of it concerned so many kids with repeated taped performances that wanted to be coordinated and watched.
Embankment Movies has organized financing and is government producing the movie, following its success with The Father, which was nominated for six Oscars this yr, together with finest image, lead actor for Anthony Hopkins, tailored screenplay for Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, and supporting actress for Colman.
Reynolds gained an Emmy for excellent science documentary in 2018 for her movie The Farthest: Voyager in House. Joyride is her first narrative drama function as director, and she or he spoke of feeling “extremely privileged and honoured” in having the ability to forged Colman, who had responded instantly to the script by Ailbhe Keoghan.
Reynolds described it as “a big-hearted, wickedly humorous and emotional story about hope and forgiveness … set within the wilds of beautiful County Kerry”, the place they are going to be filming.
Noting that Reid needs to pursue an performing profession, she mentioned: “I really feel assured that this would be the starting of an unbelievable journey for him.”