Jack O’Connell to Play Happy Mondays’ Shaun Ryder in New Biopic

Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder, Gary Whelan in concert in 2018. Photo by Rmv/Shutterstock (9726219v)

Jack O’Connell has been cast as Sean Ryder in the new biopic of the Happy Mondays’ star’s life.

The biopic is titled Twisting My Melon and will be based on the singer’s autobiography of the same name. Due to go into production in January, the feature will join the long list of biopics to expect in 2020 and 2021.

O’Connell is best known for his performance as Cook in the second generation of Skins UK. He also had a role in the 2006 movie, This Is England. Taking on the lead role of Sean Rider is a big move for the British actor.

The biopic will be directed by Matt Greenhalgh who worked on the script of Nowhere Boy.

“Shaun Ryder is the son of John Lennon, Johnny Rotten with a few kilos of John Belushi stamped in,” Greenhalgh said.

“He’s risen from the dead more times than anyone can remember, and his poetry will last forever. Shaun, and the last true working-class band – the Happy Mondays – mainlined into my musical DNA when I was 16 years old. Thanks to AGC, I feel honored to be able to author the only rock’n’roll movie I want to see.”

Twisting My Melon currently has no scheduled release date.