Michael Fassbender Fathers a Real-Life Rap Group

Michael Fassbender Fathers a Real-Life Rap Group

Michael Fassbender is tapping into his Northern Irish roots for a musical biopic.

Fassbender co-stars in “Kneecap,” based on the eponymous rap group, comprised of Naoise Ó Cairealláin, JJ Ó Dochartaigh, and Liam Óg Ó Hannaidh , who all star in the fictionalized origin story.

The official logline reads: “When fate brings Belfast schoolteacher JJ into the orbit of self-confessed ‘low life scum’ Naoise and Liam Og, the needle drops on a hip hop act like no other.”

Fassbender plays Cairealláin’s onscreen dad Arlo, with Simone Kirby as his mother Dolores. Of course, the Kneecap crew all take on different stage monikers, with Cairealláin as Móglaí Bap, Dochartaigh as Dj Provaí, and Hannaidh as Mo Chara.

“Kneecap” charts how the rap group of the same name became part of a campaign to save the Irish language in Northern Ireland. As the official press statement included, since Kneecap raps in their native Irish language, the crew became unlikely leaders of a civil rights movement to save their mother tongue. Yet the trio have to overcome police, paramilitaries, and politicians to create their defiant sound.

As “Kneecap” actor/singer Cairealláin raps, “Every word of Irish spoken is a bullet at British imperialism.”

Josie Walker, Fionnuala Flaherty, Jessica Reynolds, and Adam Best also star.

Rich Peppiatt writes and directs the film, which is produced by Trevor Birney and Jack Tarling. Patrick O’Neill…

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The post “Michael Fassbender Fathers a Real-Life Rap Group” by Samantha Bergeson was published on 06/13/2024 by www.indiewire.com