Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender is set to appear in a new movie about the life of Belfast punk impresario Terri Hooley.
Fassbender, star of the award-winning Hunger, Inglourious Basterds and Jane Eyre, will feature in Good Vibrations, which is being filmed in Belfast over the coming months.
It is understood Fassbender, whose mother hails from Larne, will play a supporting role in the movie, but was eager to come back to Belfast after falling in love with the city while shooting the Channel 4 film Hunger.
The German-born star, who grew up in Co Kerry, played IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in the multi-award-winning drama.
Good Vibrations will see Fassbender team up with Hunger co-star Liam Cunningham, who was also keen to get involved with the project. It is not yet known what roles Fassbender and Cunningham will play, but it is understood punk godfather Hooley will be portrayed by local actor Richard Dormer.
Fassbender, who lives in LA, stars as the brooding romantic lead Edward Rochester in the new Jane Eyre film opposite Mia Wasikowska, due for release this month. He also stars in X Men: First Class and A Dangerous Method, alongside Keira Knightley. He is currently filming Ridley Scott's movie Prometheus, opposite Charlize Theron.
Good Vibrations, directed by husband and wife team Glen Leyburn and Lisa Barros D'Sa, will be produced by local man Chris Martin. Andrew Eaton, best known as Michael Winterbottom's producer, will be the executive producer.
The film will be scored by David Holmes, who befriended Fassbender and Cunningham when he worked on the soundtrack for Hunger.
Good Vibrations is one of a flurry of films to be shot here this spring. Jump, starring Belfast actor Marty McCann, is in the final stages of filming, while McCann will reappear in Terry George's new project Whole Lotta Sole, which is due to begin shooting next month in Belfast.
Another Hollywood actor, Brendan Fraser of The Mummy fame, will star in it, alongside McCann.
Richard Williams, chief executive of Northern Ireland Screen, said: “Over the past few years we have attracted a number of large productions to Northern Ireland, which, in these recessionary times, is great news for the return to the Northern Ireland economy that they bring.
“Now we are delighted to be embarking on a series of fantastic indigenous projects — local stories featuring a wealth of local talent both in front of and behind the cameras — as we maintain our commitment to develop a dynamic and vibrant screen industry in Northern Ireland remains as strong as ever.”