Fassbender plunges into ‘Fish Tank’

Andrea Arnold shoots second feature

LONDON — Rising Brit thesp Michael Fassbender has boarded Andrea Arnold’s sophomore feature “Fish Tank.”

Other cast members include newcomer Katie Jarvis, who plays the lead role of Mia, a troubled 15-year-old excluded from school and ostracized by her friends.

Kierston Wareing (“It’s a Free World”), Rebecca Griffiths and Harry Treadaway (“Control”) complete the lineup.

Fassbender garnered plenty of critical kudos for his tragic portrayal of I.R.A. hunger striker Bobby Sands in Brit helmer Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” which won the Camera d’Or at Cannes this year. Fassbender is also set to take on the iconic role of Heathcliff in a new version of Emily Bronte’s classic novel “Wuthering Heights.”

In “Fish Tank,” Fassbender takes on the role of a mysterious stranger who romances Mia’s mother.

“Fish Tank” is a BBC Films, U.K. Film Council and Limelight co-production.

Kees Kasander is producing for Kasander Films, with Ruby Films’ Paul Trijbits exec producing along with BBC Films’ Christine Langan and David M. Thompson.

Artificial Eye has already acquired U.K. theatrical rights. ContentFilm Intl. is handling worldwide sales.

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