Anya Taylor-Joy to Star in Irish Drama 'Here Are the Young Men'

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Dean-Charles Chapman ('Game of Thrones') and Finn Cole ('Peaky Blinders') have also joined the coming-of-age film, which Paul W.S. Anderson is executive producing.

Anya Taylor-Joy, star of The Witch, SplitThoroughbreds and a former The Hollywood Reporter "Next Big Thing," has been cast in Irish coming-of-age film Here Are the Young Men.

Also cast in principle roles alongside Taylor-Joy are Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones, Breathe), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street, Vikings). Lola Petticrew and Conleth Hill are also set to star.

To be written and directed by rising Irish filmmaker Eoin C. Macken, Here Are the Young Men is adapted from the acclaimed 2014 debut novel by Rob Doyle. The story is set in 2003, where in one last summer of adolescence, an aimless teenager named Matthew (Chapman), is pulled into a world of nihilistic toxic masculinity by his charismatic friend Kearney (Cole). Matthew yearns after his childhood sweetheart Jen (Taylor-Joy), an independent girl on her own trajectory, whilst their precocious friend Rez (Walsh-Peelo), starts to succumb to paranoia.

The film is being produced by TYM Production's Richard Bolger (Cardboard Gangsters) and Union Entertainment Group’s Noah Haeussner (Arctic), with Edwina Casey (Blackbird) co-producing. Paul W.S. Anderson, Andrew Davies Gans, Conor Barry and Michael Raimondi are serving as executive producers.

Produced by Irish banner TYM Productions with support from Screen Ireland, Here Are the Young Men, will be shot by cinematographer James Mather (Frank, Lockout), with principal photography set to start this month. The movie will be edited at Dublin's Egg Post Production.

Alongside directing, which includes his latest feature, Leopard, starring Jack Reynor and Tom Hopper, Macken is also known as an actor and has an upcoming role in George R.R. Martin's Netflix series Nightflyers. He was recently seen opposite Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, as well playing the lead in Sony/NBC's The Night Shift. He is represented by ICM, Magnolia Entertainment and Troika.

Chapman is represented by Troika and WME; Cole is represented by Troika and WME; Taylor-Joy is represented by CAA, Troika and Felker Toczek; and Walsh-Peelo is represented by WME and Independent Talent Group.