42 years following the release of the original cult music film, several of the cast members from 1979s Quadrophenia are set to reunite in the upcoming Ray Burdis film To Be Someone.
The original film, directed by Franc Roddam, and starring Phil Daniels, Sting, Ray Winstone and Garry Cooper, is loosely based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name and follows a coming-of-age tale about a young man finding his place in the world within his mod clique. Recently re-released as a special edition through the Criterion Collection, the legacy of the original film still resonates with audiences today, the film’s final footnote of love overpowering all will always be a universal one.
To Be Someone from Ray Burdis tells “a thrilling tale of mods, music and organised crime”, and will see several actors from the original 1979 classic return to reprise their roles. Celebrating the thriving contemporary mod culture of Great Britain, the film will be a spiritual sequel to the original release.
Returning actors will include Mark Wingett, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Gary Shail, and Trevor Laird who join newcomers Sam Gittins and Laura McMonagle.
A full plot synopsis has been released online, with the following story having been outlined, “The co-owner of a popular Mods nightclub and with a successful scooter shop business on the side, life couldn’t be better for entrepreneur and British Mod, Danny. That is until he’s introduced to the club’s secret financier, Mad Mike, an unhinged underworld mobster who is determined to coerce Danny into pulling off an illegal drugs run to The Isle of Wight in return for his shares in the club”.
Based on two books, with the title lifted from a Paul Weller lyric, the film is made by the creators of The Krays, The Wee Man and Love, Honor and Obey and looks to be released later this year.
Check out the trailer below.