Subscribe to our newsletter

(Credit: Happy Mondays / Gordon Correll)

Jack O’Connell to play Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in new biopic


Jack O’Connell, the actor best known for his role in hit teen series Skins, will play Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in a new biopic called Twisting My Melon.

The film, which will be based on Ryder’s autobiography, will mark the directional debut Matt Greenhalgh who will attempt to depict Ryder’s rise to the epicentre of Madchester’s party scene.

“Shaun Ryder is the son of John Lennon, Johnny Rotten with a few kilos of John Belushi stamped in,” the director said the speaking about the upcoming project. “He’s risen from the dead more times than anyone can remember, and his poetry will last forever.

“Shaun, and the last true working-class band—the Happy Mondays—mainlined into my musical DNA when I was 16-years-old. Thanks to AGC, I feel honoured to be able to author the only rock’n’roll movie I want to see.”

Set to start production in January 2020, Twisting My Melon is also in talks to recruit Star Trek actor Jason Isaacs to play Ryder’s father, Derek, who had a pivotal role to play in Ryder’s life.

Rumours are circulating that Greenhalgh and his team are also in negotiations with Maxine Peake in connection to the role of Ryder’s mother.