Trailer: ’71 Has Jack O’Connell Stuck Behind Enemy Lines In Northern Ireland

Trailer: ’71 Has Jack O’Connell Stuck Behind Enemy Lines In Northern Ireland

Jack O’Connell is going to be a huge star and by the time Spring comes around that feat may already have been accomplished. The 24 year old British actor, will still be on the minds of movie goers following his latest starring role in Unbroken, by the time his next film opens in February. That’s when fans will get to see him back in uniform playing a soldier, for Roadside Attractions highly anticipated film, ’71.

71 Starring Jack O'Connell

Actor Jack O’Connell as Private Gary Hook in ’71 ©Roadside Attractions / Dean Rogers

’71 takes place over a single night in the life of a young British soldier named Gary Hook (Jack O’Connell) who is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, he must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

Director Yann Demange

Director Yann Demange ©Roadside Attractions / Dean Rogers

The debut feature film for Paris born director Yann Demange, who chose the script after he was “gripped” by the story and its main character. Wanting to find the perfect actor to play private Gary Hook, it took just one read from Jack O’Connell. “We sent him the script, and he came in to read and just blew us away. It was obvious we’d found our man. Jack has an unusual quality that you don’t see in many young actors of his generation” says Demange. “He’s got an old-school quality, a raw vivid masculinity that he’s quite at ease with. He has a soulfulness and complexity within him that was right for the role. He could genuinely empathise and understand Gary Hook.”

Jack O'Connell in '71

Jack O’Connell in ’71 ©Roadside Attractions / Dean Rogers

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Set in Northern Ireland during The Troubles, the film is named after the year considered to be the height of the conflicts, 1971. The Unbroken star talked about the need to focus on this fact, “To me, ’71 is truly a period film,” he says. “I couldn’t modernize Gary in any way. I hope I was immersed enough to kill any of my own contemporary mannerisms and do the character justice”.

’71 Official Movie Trailer HD

Due in theaters here in the US this coming February, the film made its premiere at the 64th annual Berlin International Film Festival one year earlier. Along with Jack O’Connell, it stars Sean Harris, David Wilmot, Richard Dormer, Paul Anderson, and Charlie Murphy.

'71 Movie Poster

The film has received multiple positive reviews, and also helped secure the Best Director award for Yann Demange at this years, British Independent Film Awards. ’71 is in theaters February 27th, 2015.

Media/Photos: ©2015 Roadside Attractions

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