Phil Lynott

More than three decades after his passing, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott’s life story is about to get the big screen film treatment. One of Ireland’s first rock stars, Lynott passed away in 1986 after a stunning career with Thin Lizzy and later as a solo artist. He’s best known for Thin Lizzy classics like ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’, ‘Whiskey In The Jar’ and ‘Jailbreak’ as well as the seminal 1978 album Live And Dangerous.

The film, titled The Rocker: The Life and Music of Phil Lynott, will be co-directed by Academy Award-nominated Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name Of The Father) and Colm Quinn.

Here’s the interesting part. This Saturday, May 27, the producers are holding an open audition in Dublin to find an actor to play the part of Lynott. According to producer Alan Maher, “Whether you sing, play the bass or have a passion for poetry and rock n’ roll, you could be our Phil Lynott. The successful Rocker will work with professional mentors and those who have influenced and worked with Phil to ‘become’ The Rocker.”

Speaking about the upcoming project, director Sheridan said, “Having known Phil, and loving his music from the very start, it's a great honor to celebrate his life and work on the big screen. I see this as a non-fiction movie, one meant for the cinema, and I can't wait to start the process of finding our modern day Rocker."