Irish actor Ruairi O’Connor has been cast as Buddy Holly for the rock ‘n’ roll icon’s upcoming biopic Clear Lake.
Clear Lake will be directed by Bruce Beresford, who received Oscar nominations for the Breaker Morant script and for directing Tender Mercies.
Clear Lake will tell the story of how Holly and other famous musicians of the late 1950s gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll while changing the trajectory of civil rights in America.
Holly died in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 3, 1959, along with Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson.
The biopic is being produced by Rick French of Prix Productions and Stuart Benjamin of Stuart Benjamin Productions.
O’Connor was selected following a six-month search by the producers and casting directors at Presser/Well Casting. O’Connor currently portrays a young King Henry VIII in the Starz drama “The Spanish Princess.”
“We looked at hundreds and hundreds of audition tapes for the Buddy Holly role and interviewed some tremendously talented actors and musicians but Ruairi’s audition really stood out,” said French. “He’s a terrific young actor who exudes charisma and he’s also a very accomplished musician who our team believes can handle this very challenging role.”
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