Michael Fassbender has signed up to star in a biopic about the life of punk legend Terri Hooley, the founder of a record store in Belfast called ‘Good Vibrations’. The store later evolved into a music label, which kick-started the careers of a number of Irish punk bands.
The German-born actor, who grew up in Co. Kerry in south west Ireland, was keen to return to Belfast after filming Steve McQueen’s debut award-winning film Hunger there and falling in love with the city. Good Vibrations will be directed by husband and wife Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa (Cherrybomb).
It will also see Fassbender reunite with actor Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans), his co-star in Hunger. Their roles are currently unknown but it has been announced that Richard Dormer (Five Minutes of Heaven) will star in the lead role as Hooley. Shooting will begin in and around Belfast in August.
Fassbender can be seen this summer in X-Men: First Class in which he plays a younger Magneto. Later this year he will star in the new adaptation of Jane Eyre, out in the UK in September. He is currently filming Ridley Scott’s much-anticipated film Prometheus, alongside Charlize Theron and Noomi Rapace.