Colin Farrell to star as lead diver in Thailand cave rescue movie
We know it is way too early to be talking about the 2023 Oscars, but still...
Not to be insensitive, but Hollywood loves a good triumph-over-disaster story, especially when it happens to be based on a true story.
That is very much the case with Colin Farrell’s upcoming project Thirteen Lives, which focuses on the rescue mission that was assembled in Thailand in the summer of 2018, where a group of young boys and their soccer coach were trapped in a system of underground caves that were flooding.
The movie is directed by two-time Oscar-winner Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Frost/Nixon) and written by two-time Oscar-nominee William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Miserables).
Farrell's list of co-stars is also very impressive, including Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) and Tom Bateman (Behind Her Eyes).
Farrell himself will be playing John Volanthen, the real-life cave diver who played a leading role in the Tham Luang cave rescue.
The Irish actor has yet to be nominated for an Oscar (although he was been nominated for two Golden Globes, for his work in The Lobster and In Bruges), but considering the topic and the heavyweight talent involved, this could result in his first major consideration for the Academy Awards.
Between this and The Batman arriving in March 2022, Farrell could be looking at dominating the box office and the awards circuit next year.
Thirteen Lives is due for release in Irish cinemas on 15 April 2022.