Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Funnyman Peter Kay back to his roots as star of new Irish comedy

Peter Kay

British comedian Peter Kay is to star in a new Irish comedy.

Talented Kay, whose mother comes from Co Tyrone, is set to star in National Task Force.

The film is expected to be shot on location in Ireland — and Peter Kay is no stranger to these shores.

The star has visited Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin on a number of occasions. He was due to pay another visit over Christmas, but was unable to make it because of bad weather.

Kay appeared on the Late Late Show last year and performed an impromptu version of his hit song Is This The Way To Amarillo before running up into the studio audience, and dragging a female friend down to the set to huge laughter and applause from the audience.

If the project gets financing in place it is set to go into pre-production in April. Hollywood stars Colin Farrell and Colm Meaney have also been linked to the project.

Co-writer Anthony Whelan says the film currently has 60% of the finance needed, but he is hopeful the remainder will be sourced by March.

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll has already been secured by the production company to star in and direct the movie. O'Carroll has worked with Kay on a number of occasions and the pair are friends.

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