Break a leg Ronan - Boyzone frontman set to share the big screen with Hemsworth
Crooner Ronan Keating is to share the screen with Australian heartthrob Luke Hemsworth (brother of Liam and Chris) and ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ star Mark Strong in new film ‘The Riders’.
The upcoming flick, which will be shot in Ireland, is an adaptation of Tim Winton’s 1995 Man Booker Prize nominated novel of the same name and focuses on an man called Scully whose wife suddenly disappears.
Keating has been trying to break into the acting industry for years; he auditioned for a role in Baz Luhrman’s 2001 musical ‘Moulin Rouge!’ but failed to get the part.
“I’ve been trying for years,” he told the Irish Independent. “I go to coaching and trained with accents. I tried out for Moulin Rouge 10 years ago; I read with Leonardo DiCaprio and Ewan McGregor which was very intimidating. I didn’t get it obviously.”
Keating believes he wasn’t ‘ready’ for the role at the time but thinks he has developed as an actor since then.
“It’s taken a long time for me to get it right. Maybe it’s still not right but I’m getting closer I think. It’s a really big deal for me to get this part in The Riders.
Hemsworth, Keating and Strong were due to start filming last week but production was delayed due to adverse weather conditions.
Luke Hemsworth (right) and his brother Liam (left)
Keating and his partner Storm Uechtritz were in Dublin for the Irish premiere of Australian film ‘Goddess’ in which Keating takes on the lead role of James Dickens.
“It’s hard to put someone like me in a film,” he said. “Someone who’s known so well as a singer.”
“So I owe the people who worked on ‘Goddess’ an awful lot.” Keating will also appear in the film adaptation of ‘Stones in His Pockets’ and will provide the singing voice of Postman Pat in the upcoming 3D movie.
“I’m delighted to be involved. I have seen ‘Stones in Their Pockets’ a good few times so it was an honor to be asked to be in it.”