A new movie entitled 'Killing Bono' will begin filming in Belfast in January. It is based on a true story about a rival band to U2 that set up at the same time in Dublin in 1976 but never made it.

The film recounts the life story of a classmate, Neil McCormick  who formed a band at the same time with his brother.

It will feature Ben Barnes, who starred in 'Chronicles of Narnia' and 'Prince Caspian' Krysten Ritter star of 'What happened in Vegas' will co-star.

Killing Bono is based in the autobiography by writer Neil McCormick entitled,'I was Bono's Doppleganger', about his effort along with his brother to set up his band in Dublin at the same time as U2.

The movie begins shooting in Belfast on January 11. The script was written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, who worked on The Commitments movie  while Nick Hamm will direct.

Northern Irish musician Joe Echo — who was nominated for a Grammy award for co-writing the Madonna track Celebration — will be providing the soundtrack for the film.