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Domhnall Gleeson & Lesley-Ann Halvey as Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

‘Harry Potter’s’ Domhnall Gleeson will play Bob Geldolf in ‘Live Aid’ movie

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Domhnall Gleeson & Lesley-Ann Halvey as Bob Geldof and Paula Yates

Domhnall Gleeson is currently filming a feature length movie called “When Harvey Met Bob”. The movie being co-produced by RTE and the BBC chronicles the lead-up to “Live Aid” as the massive charity concert celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Gleeson, who plays Bill Weasley in “Harry Potter”, is taking on the role of Bob Geldof. He will star alongside Ian Hart, as Harvey Goldsmith and Antonia Cambell Hughes who will play Marsha Hunt.

The film begins with Bob Geldof arriving home to his wife Paula Yates and watching the legendary BBC broadcast from the feeding camps in Eritrea province. The famous report by BBC journalist, Michael Buerk, is what prompted Geldof to take action.

The rest of the film explains how exactly Geldof and music promoter Harvey Goldsmith launched “Band Aid” and went on to host a series of record breaking global live concerts called “Live Aid”.

It was commissioned by Janice Hadlow Controller of BBC Two and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.  Hadlow said “To mark the 25th anniversary of Live Aid, BBC Two celebrates with an ambitious single drama which tells the story behind the biggest televised international charity event in history and the two inspiring men that made it happen.”

Kate Triggs, of Great Meadow Productions said "We were inspired by this story because it has, at its heart, a fantastic relationship that is funny, moving and borne out of the real drama of trying to achieve something huge and unprecedented. It's a film about two men who are prepared to think the unthinkable and achieve the seemingly impossible.”

The film is expected to air in Ireland, on RTE, this September.

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