Kiltoom's Rhys Mannion pictured with his parents, Mary and Ciaran, at the Galway Film Fleadh in July. (Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure).

Young Athlone actor to appear in Amazon Prime movie

Up-and-coming Athlone actor Rhys Mannion is set to take another step forward in his career after being named as a cast member in a fantasy feature that is due to be shown on Amazon Prime next year.

The Hollywood News website 'Deadline' last week carried details of the production, which it said would be filmed shortly in London and Dublin.

The movie has the working title of Silver and is based on a popular young adult novel series of the same name by Kerstin Gier. It's being made by Amazon and the German production company Constantin Film, and the filming is due to be in both German and English.

Rhys (20), a former Athlone Community College student from Kiltoom, had his debut feature film role in It Is In Us All, which is being released in cinemas in Ireland and the UK today (Friday, September 23).

Another production in which he will appear is the upcoming RTE series Clean Sweep. Filming for Clean Sweep has been taking place in Ireland in recent months. Described as a six-part thriller, the series was highlighted recently at RTE's launch of its autumn schedule.

Rhys stars alongside Cosmo Jarvis in It Is In Us All, a tense psychological drama which was filmed in Donegal in the autumn of 2020.

Written and directed by Antonia Campbell-Hughes, it had its global premiere in Austin, Texas, at the South by Southwest film festival in March.

The Irish premiere took place at the Galway Film Fleadh in July, where Rhys and the makers of the film took part in a question and answer session following the screening in the Town Hall Theatre.

Peter Bradshaw, the film critic with The Guardian, featured It Is In Us All on his list of the best films to see this autumn.

He said it was "a disquieting meditation on death and destiny centring on a car crash on a lonely road in Ireland."

"It involves two people: a 17-year-old local played by Rhys Mannion and a London visitor played by Cosmo Jarvis, whose existence is mysteriously upended by the tragedy," wrote Bradshaw.

Entertainment news site Variety was also struck by tone of the film.

Its review stated: "As a debuting director, Campbell-Hughes proves she has style to burn, building a doomy, stomach-churn atmosphere of incipient disaster in which the bleak beauty of this isolated part of Ireland becomes a character all of its own."

You can watch the trailer for It Is In Us All here: