Former footballer Vinnie Jones has joined the cast of upcoming crime drama Rise Of The Footsoldier: Origins, according to reports.
The film, which is set to begin shooting in October, arrives as the fifth edition of the franchise which first launched all the way back in 2007. The early formations of the cinematic vision is based on the true story of the 1995 Rettendon murders and the autobiography of Carlton Leach which explores the world of football hooliganism with vivid brutality.
Now, according to Screen Daily, the latest effort looks set to delve deeper into how the Essex Boys first united in the late 1980s. The project is due to be directed by Nick Nevern, a filmmaker who previously worked on pictures such as The Hooligan Factory.
“Rise of the Footsoldier: Origins is the ultimate Tony Tucker Story our fans have been asking for,” a synopsis published through Indiegogo states. “Spanning across a decade, it’ll tell the origin story of how Tucker, Rolfie, and Pat Tate unite to form their own firm, and satisfy our fans by tackling many of the franchise’s previously unanswered questions.”
While it has been confirmed that director Nevern co-wrote the script alongside producer Andrew Loveday, it has now been revealed that Vinnie Jones has agreed to front up the cast. Jones, whose hard man playing days came to an end in 1999, has since gone on to translate that image for the big screen and has appeared in films such as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and more.
According to Screen Daily, Jones will play the role of Bernard O’Mahoney who is described as “a real-life character who was associated with one of the three men murdered in the infamous Range Rover killings.” In the years that followed the murders, O’Mahoney later become a true crime author.
Rise Of The Footsoldier: Origins will be released in the UK by Signature Entertainment in 2021.