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Martin Kemp to star in Irish cagefighting film

Former EastEnders and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp is in talks to star in a film based on underground cage fighting in Dublin.

It is believed that the actor will join brother Gary Kemp in the film Lost Causes.

It will be mainly shot in Ireland and is a fictional account of gang crime, with a focus on illicit cage fighting. The actors are due to travel to Belfast to see cage fighting as part of their research.

The film marks an on-screen reunion for the brothers who last acted together in The Krays, the story of the notorious London gangsters, in 1990.

And a number of Irish actors have also been given the nod to appear in the movie.

Gerry Shanahan from Navan was offered the role of Gentleman Joe in the production, while Dublin-based Mark Smyth has been given the lead role.

Mark, from Drimnagh, has been acting, mainly in theatre, for over 20 years but decided to make a move to the big screen.

"This will be my first big break," Mark said.

Spandau Ballet recently reformed following the sudden death of the Kemps' parents within 48 hours of each other in January last year.

Directed by Brett Halliday, filming on Lost Causes is expected to start in August this year in Dublin and is due for general cinema release in 2011.

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