Wales-based film and television production outfit Mad as Birds have teamed up with Wrexham fan and film director SJ Evans (Hiraeth) on the original British romantic comedy, 'A League Apart'.
The feature film is in the final stages of development and is currently casting.
Written by the late Robin Bell, 'A League Apart' follows Phil, a lovable yet down on his luck man obsessed with his failing Wrexham AFC and his mates. His American girlfriend, Christina, wants more out of life and love but does he? Before Phil loses her forever, can he prove that Christina is more important to him than Wrexham winning? To be in the same league, you have to at least try… and believe.
Welshman Celyn Jones (Submergence, Set Fire To The Stars) has been cast in the lead role of Phil; 2021 will be a busy year for the BAFTA-winning actor who will also be appearing in The Almond And The Seahorse opposite Rebel Wilson and Janet McTeer in early 2021.
Also starring is comedy legend Ricky Tomlinson (The Royle Family, Mike Bassett: England Manager) who has a number of ties to the area and has been a keen follower of the club. Further casting is to be announced in the coming weeks.
'A League Apart' is a work of fiction, but its climax is centred around the real-life 1992 FA Cup clash between bottom of the league underdogs Wrexham and reigning Division One champions, Arsenal - referred to as one of the greatest FA Cup giant-killings of all time.
Director SJ Evans said: “We’re so excited to be bringing A LEAGUE APART to life –this has been a passion project for me for two main reasons – firstly, I’m a lifelong Wrexham fan and was at the famed Arsenal match and remember running on to the pitch at the end with the rest of the fans.
"Secondly, when Robin passed away in 2019, I promised his family that this film would be his legacy and I will do everything in my power to make it the best film possible, so I was thrilled when Mad As Birds came on board the project last year.”
Producer Andy Evans from Mad as Birds, who was also born in Wrexham, added, “The script and SJ’s vision for 'A League Apart' drew us to the project without hesitation, and at its heart, we have a universal, feel-good story about love, friendship and community that will appeal to everyone".
Wrexham AFC wishes all involved with the project the best and look forward to seeing one of the club's finest moments on the silver screen, whilst we'll keep a keen eye on progress - and success - of a group of talented Wrexham supporters.