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Jeremy Irvine, Richard E Grant and Sam Neill join The Guinea Pig Club

Great Expectations

Story by Jack Foley

JEREMY Irvine, Richard E Grant and Sam Neill have joined the cast of historical action drama The Guinea Pig Club.

Roger Donaldson (of The Bank Job, The Recruit and The World’s Fastest Indian fame), is being lined up to direct the film, which is based on a script by Mike Riddell (The Insatiable Moon).

The Guinea Pig Club tells the remarkable true story of maverick surgeon Archie McIndoe (Grant) who, at the height of World War II, defied the British establishment with his radical methods aimed at healing the severely burned bodies – and more importantly the tortured souls – of Britain’s heroic Royal Air Force pilots.

In so doing he risks his career, his reputation and his marriage.

Confirming the casting news, Radiant Films International’s Mimi Steinbauer said: “The Guinea Pig Club is an uplifting and heroic story, coupled with moments of humor to deliver a thoroughly entertaining experience.

“We are eager to present this project to our buyers at the Cannes Market. I am also delighted to be collaborating with producers Tim Sanders and the magnificent Roger Donaldson.”

In addition to the films mentioned above, Donaldson is the award-winning director of such high-grossing films as No Way Out, starring Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman, Cocktail with Tom Cruise, and political drama Thirteen Days, which reunited him with Kevin Costner. He also helmed the soon-to-be released feature doc McLaren.

Richard E. Grant most recently appeared in 20th Century Fox’s/Marvel’s superhero film Logan with Hugh Jackman and Fox Searchlight’s Oscar nominated Jackie, starring Natalie Portman. His additional credits include HBO’s award-winning series Game of Thrones and the Academy Award winning film Gosford Park, not to mention Withnail & I.

Jeremy Irvine gained international recognition for his role in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated film War Horse. He has also appeared in the BBC’s Great Expectations with Ralph Fiennes, The Weinstein Co.’ The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, and Sony’s Now is Good, co-starring Dakota Fanning.

Coming up next for Irvine is Billionaire Boys’ Club, starring alongside Taron Egerton, Emma Roberts, and Kevin Spacey, and The Professor and the Madman with Sean Penn, Mel Gibson and Natalie Dormer.

Sam Neill is the internationally recognized actor whose credits include Steven Spielberg’s three-time Academy Award winning blockbuster Jurassic Park and Jane Campion’s three-time Academy Award winning film The Piano. Additionally, he received three Golden Globe nominations for his work on NBC’s Merlin, CBS’s One Against the Wind and HBO’s Reilly: Ace of Spies.

Neill will next be seen in Disney/Marvel’s superhero film Thor: Ragnarok.

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