Deadline is exclusively reporting that Barry Keoghan has been cast as the lead in drama thriller Sapphire.
The film focuses on a world-champion snooker player plagued by gambling addiction who escapes to China in search of a fresh start only to become indebted to illegal bookmakers and forced into a moral dilemma; throw the biggest match of his life or save his soul.
Daniel and Matthew Wolfe, writers and directors of the project, released a statement saying:
We’re really excited to bring Sapphire to life, Barry is an incredible actor and really connected with the material… Sapphire will be an operatic and highly visual film. Snooker shot in a dynamic and balletic style.
Bankside Films’ Stephen Kelliher also released a statement adding:
It is an honour to be working with distinguished filmmakers Daniel and Matthew Wolfe on Sapphire. They have created an intensely gripping thriller with great humanity at its heart which they will execute with an abundance of style alongside the exceptional talent of Barry Keoghan in the compelling lead role.
Robbie Ryan is attached as director of photography on the project, which is currently in pre- production and is scheduled to commence filming in the third quarter of 2021 in Taiwan. Mike Elliott will serve as producer on the project alongside Tim Nash and Matthew Wolfe under the Jelly Roll banner, and Amy Ma will serve as co-producer.
Sapphire is being launched for sales by Bankside Films at the upcoming virtual EFM.