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Sheridan to shoot wartime baseball movie

From a Dublin flick based on his own childhood to a baseball drama set in World War II, it is a busy time for director Jim Sheridan.

The 67-year-old has just signed on to rewrite and direct Playing With The Enemy.

The film explores the life of baseball player Gene Moore, who taught German prisoners of war in Louisiana to play the popular sport.

Playing With The Enemy will examine the friendship that developed between German PoWs and their American captors, in parallel with the father telling the story to his son.

It is adapted from a memoir by Gary W Moore about his father's wartime experiences.

A baseball prodigy at 15, Gene Moore was drafted to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 before joining the US Navy and being stationed at the PoW camp in Louisiana.

Casting will happen quickly, after Jim completes the rewrite.

Before that, he will be back in his native Dublin this September to begin filming on his own project, Sheriff Street, which has been in the pipeline for several years.


The film, about a working class family called the Sheridans in 1960s Dublin, is inspired by his own upbringing

English actor Alex Pettyfer (20) has been lined up to star.

Speaking about the film, Jim said the story is "very personal; whether it's true or not, I don't know".

He is also collaborating with his daughter Naomi on animated fairytale David And The Fairy King. Inspired by tales of Irish property developers who destroyed fairy forts, the pair co-wrote the movie, which they hope to get made by Disney.

It is his first project with Naomi since their 2002 Oscar nomination for writing In America.