Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons to play legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil in Frankel film

Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons to play legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil in film about career of Frankel

  • Frankel is one of the greatest horses the sport has seen in history of racing 
  • Film with Jeremy Irons playing Sir Henry Cecil will follow remarkable career 
  • It will focus on powerful bond between Frankel and his late trainer 

Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons will play legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil in a film about the career of wonder horse Frankel.

The film, produced by Eclipse Films and Irons, will follow the unbeaten 14-race career of Frankel, rated as one of the best racehorses the sport has ever seen.

The film, directed by Ron Scalpello from a screenplay by Jim Piddock, will also focus on the powerful bond between Frankel and his late trainer, who overcame personal torment and professional despair to reconquer racing despite suffering from serious illness.

Sir Henry Cecil (right) is to be played by Jeremy Irons in a film about Frankel (left)

Andrew Berg and John Sachs of Eclipse Films told screendaily.com: ‘A lot of people have tried to make this film but fell short of the mark. 

‘Jim Piddock’s script stands out as the perfect balance of drama and action and director Ron Scalpello is a gifted director, visceral, sensitive and extremely hard working and creative.

‘Jeremy was first choice to play Henry and has a genuine love for horses. Jeremy’s decision to join us as a producer has further cemented his passion for this project.’

Irons has a passion for horses and is enthusiastic about playing Cecil in the movie

Irons has a passion for horses and is enthusiastic about playing Cecil in the movie 

Irons, 71, is one of Britain’s best known and leading actors, winning numerous awards, including the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune.

He has also starred in prominent films such as The Lion King, Die Hard: With A Vengeance and The Man In The Iron Mask. He is currently starring in hit TV series Watchmen on HBO.

Filming of Frankel is due to start later this year, although no announcement has yet been made as to when the movie will be available to the public.

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