Farrell and Gleeson to reteam for Fox Searchlight’s The Homeless World Cup

Recently Sunday Word journalist Esther McCarthy revealed that local legend Colin Farrell was returning to these shores to make a film about the Homeless World Cup. Now we have more information on the film.

Farrell will headline alongside his In Bruges co-star Brendan Gleeson in the film which will be unimaginatively titled The Homeless World Cup. The Castleknock native will play Vinny Gallagher, a newly homeless man who is struggling with his plight. When an invitation to the Homeless World Cup comes his way he is offered an unexpected chance at redemption and companionship, so long as he can learn to play well with others. Gleeson will play Mel Young, who, along with Harald Schmied, co-founded the tournament in 2003.

Frank Cottrell Boyce will write the script, with Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin producing for Blueprint Pictures, and Matthew Greenfield executive producing for Fox Searchlight.

Farrell is an avid supporter of the Irish homeless football team, and was narrator of the 2008 documentary Kicking It, which followed the lives of six players at the Homeless World Cup in South Africa.

Filming is due to begin later this year.