Ronan Keating Joins World War II Drama ‘Another Mother’s Son’

Ronan Keating Joins World War II
Courtesy of Bill Kenwright Films

LONDON — Singer Ronan Keating has joined the cast of U.K. period drama “Another Mother’s Son,” whose cast includes Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Amanda Abbington, Peter Wight and Susan Hampshire.

It is the true story of Louisa Gould, who is played by Seagrove. Set during World War II on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey, Lou takes in an escaped Russian prisoner of war and hides him over the course of the war. Tension mounts as it becomes clear that Churchill will not risk an assault to re-capture the British soil, and the island-community spirit begins to fray under pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty.

The film is directed by Chris Menaul, who was Emmy-nominated this year for “Killing Jesus,” from a screenplay by Jenny Lecoat. It will shoot for six weeks across the South-West of England.

Producer Bill Kenwright said: “ ‘Another Mother’s Son’ is a powerful story that celebrates the bravery of one woman, determined to protect a young man’s life against the context of the Nazi occupation of Jersey. We are thrilled to have such an accomplished and diverse cast coming together to tell Louisa Gould’s story for the first time on film.”

Keating, who takes on the role of Harold Gould, most recently appeared as Guy in the stage production in London of “Once.” His debut lead film role was in 2013’s “Goddess,” directed by Mark Lamprell.

Hannah’s credits include “The Mummy” film franchise, “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” and television’s “Damages” and “Spartacus”; while Abbington has been in “Sherlock” and “Mr. Selfridge.” Hampshire was in “Monarch of the Glenn” and “The Forsyte Saga,” and Wight was in “Another Year” and “Babel.” The film also introduces Julian Kostov, soon to be seen in feature film epic “Ben-Hur,” who plays the young Russian POW.

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