Reports suggest that Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis has expressed an interest in playing a lead role in a film about Celtic.
The 55-year-old, who won Academy Awards for Best Actor last year for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln to reach an unprecedented three total gongs in the category, is believed to be keen on the role of Celtic founder Brother Walfrid.
Peter Mullan, the director in charge of the project, has reportedly approached Day-Lewis in a decision which has delighted insiders.
One source told The Sun: “We’re thrilled he has expressed an interest.
“Brother Walfrid was a pivotal and charismatic figure in the history of Celtic and the Irish community in Scotland. Day-Lewis would be everyone’s ideal choice to portray him.”
Brother Walfrid formed the now-Scottish Premier League side on November 6, 1887 at St Mary’s Church in Glasgow.
The initial mission statement of the club was to help tackle poverty in Glasgow’s East End and they won their first football match a year later, beating Old Firm rivals Rangers 5-2.
A spokesman at Celtic confirmed the existence of the film project, and that it has the club’s backing.
“We are aware of the project and are right behind it. It’s a huge project and we are involved in discussions,” he said.