Thurles-born actor and musician Dean Rossiter has taken time off from his work in Hollywood, California to return to Ireland in order to work on his latest project alongside fellow Irish writer and actor Emmett Hughes (‘The O’Briens’) and actor-director Aisha Tyler (‘Friends’, ‘The Talk’, ‘Archer’).
During his time in California Dean quickly rose through the ranks of Hollywood’s top film composers to working with the industry’s biggest names including Hans Zimmer (‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’, ‘Inception’, ‘Gladiator’), Mark Governor (‘The Hobbit’) and Heitor Pereira (‘Despicable Me’, ‘The Smurfs’, ‘If I Stay’).
Teaming up with award-winning filmmaker Hughes has been a “dream come true” for Rossiter.
The pair met last year through mutual friend Kevin Walsh. Most will know Kevin as the current Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh’s brother, who became a viral sensation with his reaction to her win. Dean and Emmet immediately began collaborating and currently have a number of projects in development.
“This is the one we are most excited about,” explained Emmett Hughes.
“It’s really exciting to come back home to make something that’s held a special place in our hearts for quite some time now.”
With pre-production coming to an end the project will film in Galway in the coming months.
Eager not to give too much away, including the film’s title, Rossiter has said that the project “centres on the relationship between two estranged brothers and will be heavily influenced by music. The script and filming locations are incredible and I think visually the movie will blow people away. We can’t thank the people of Galway enough for helping us to make this project extra special.”
The pair are thrilled to have their close friend and well-known actor-director Aisha Tyler join the project as director.
“She’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and one of the most talented. She’s an amazing person to work with, but an even better friend so I think we’re going to have a lot of fun on this shoot,” said Rossiter.
Tyler, who spent some time in Ireland earlier this year on the sets of ‘Penny Dreadful’ and ‘Vikings’ is thrilled to be returning for the shoot and recently tweeting “Can’t wait to work on ‘Untitled Galway’ with the Irish lads. Save me a pint. Or two”.
Once filming finishes the trio will take some time to relax and enjoy the Christmas festivities with family and friends before returning to Los Angeles in the New Year to complete post production, followed by an intensive press tour to take the movie around the festival circuit.