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amazing dive Colin Farrell to star in new film about the rescue of a football team from a Thai cave

The Irish actor joins a big name ensemble cast that includes Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton.

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Colin Farrell.

Colin Farrell.

Colin Farrell.

Colin Farrell is to star in a new movie about the extraordinary rescue of 12 young boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in 2018. 

The Dubliner is about to start filming Thirteen Lives, from top director Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon, Apollo 13).

The Irish actor joins a big name ensemble cast that includes Viggo Mortensen and Joel Edgerton.

The movie, which is about to start filming on location in Australia and Thailand, will tell the story of the heroic rescuers who risked their own lives to mount the rescue operation that captured the imagination of people the world over.

One rescue diver lost his life in the lengthy and complicated rescue mission.

All of the boys and their coach were saved in a race against time before floodwaters reached the area in the caves where they were trapped.

Howard’s film is expected to focus on the enormous community and international effort that took place as locals, farmers and specialist cave divers gathered at the site.

The dangerous and stressful mission took eighteen days.

Farrell has been cast to play John Volanthen, a veteran care diver with experience in underwater rescue, who travelled to the Thai site from his home in Wales along with several other international experts.

He was later honoured with a George Medal for bravery.

The rescue of the junior football team made headlines all over the world in 2018 when the boys and their coach became trapped in the cave by heavy rains.

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Members of the Wild Boars soccer team who were rescued from the flooded cave,t

Members of the Wild Boars soccer team who were rescued from the flooded cave,t

Members of the Wild Boars soccer team who were rescued from the flooded cave,t

There was no contact for a week and hopes for their safe return had faded when the group was located by Volanthen and another diver on an elevated rock four kilometres from the cave’s entrance. The movie is set to be released worldwide next year.

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