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04th Sep 2019

There’s a biopic about Shane MacGowan coming and Barry Keoghan is playing him

Jade Hayden

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There’s a new biopic about Shane MacGowan coming and Barry Keoghan is set to play him.

Excited? You should be.

The film will take a look at The Pogues former frontman’s early life, his time trying to make it big in the band, and his relationship with long-term partner Victoria Mary Clarke.

The Sun reports that the film, which has been in the works for quite some time, will star Dubliner Barry Keoghan as the English-born Tipperary singer.

McGowan himself told the publication that he’s looking forward to seeing the actor take on the role.

“Barry is a marvellous actor and I couldn’t think of anyone better to do it,” he said. “He’ll do a great job.”

Keoghan has risen to dizzying heights in the acting world over the past few years, bagging roles in major Hollywood productions like Dunkirk, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and American Animals. 

He also appeared in HBO’s stunningly popular mini-series Chernobyl earlier this year, as well as RTÉ’s own Love/Hate.

News of the MacGowan film was first announced last year.

At the time, Clarke said that the project was very much in the early stages but that the singer was looking forward to watching himself on Netflix.

“It’s in the very, very early stages but they want to do a film based on our relationship,” she said.

“It’s a love story, it’s not a Pogues film although that will obviously be a part. We’re both very excited.

“Shane is really excited about the idea, he thinks it’s fantastic. He’s already counting down the days until he can watch it on Netflix!”

Definitely one we’ll be tuning into anyway.