Two of Britain’s brightest rising stars will appear on screen together after Callum Turner and Josh O’Connor joined Guy Myhill’s “The Secret of the Universe.”
O’Connor has been lauded for his performance in Francis Lee’s “God’s Own Country,” winning the best-actor prize at the British Independent Film Awards and snagging a nomination as a BAFTA Rising Star. Turner appeared in “Tramps,” which was at Toronto in 2016 and got picked up by Netflix, and “Mobile Homes,” which bowed in Cannes last year in Directors’ Fortnight. Turner will next be seen in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” in which he will play the brother of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
In “The Secret of the Universe,” O’Connor portrays Fergie and Turner his cousin Perry. The pair roam the countryside in a small traveling circus, drinking, gambling and behaving recklessly. But as they fall in and out of tangled relationships, they have to face up to the grown-up emotions and people involved.
It is Myhill’s second feature after “Goob,” a BBC Films-produced, U.K.-set, coming-of-age drama that was at Venice Days in 2014 and scooped a British Independent Film Award. Mike Elliot (“Jawbone”) is producing “The Secret of the Universe,” and Myhill will direct from the script he co-wrote with Sophie Vaughan.
“I can’t wait to bring this heady mix of road movie mayhem and heartfelt anguish to the screen through the extraordinary talent of rising stars Callum and Josh,” Myhill said.
Shooting starts in the fall. International sales are handled by Independent, which will introduce the project to buyers at the EFM in Berlin.
“‘The Goob’ announced Guy Myhill as an exciting and unique voice in British cinema,” said Sara Lebutsch, Independent’s head of sales. “Callum Turner and Josh O’Connor are exceptional upcoming talents, and we are delighted to be reteaming with producer Mike Elliott on this project.”
Turner is represented by Curtis Brown and WME, and O’Connor by Independent Talent and CAA.