Release date4 November 2012 WriterZack Anderson (screenplay), Ellen Perry Initial releaseNovember 4, 2011 (Republic of Ireland) Initial DVD releaseJanuary 10, 2013 (Germany) Music directorNigel Clarke, Michael Csanyi-Wills CastDamian Lewis (Gareth), Bob Hoskins (Davey), Rebekah Staton (Nancy), Perry Eggleton (Will) Similar moviesOne Night in Istanbul (2014)
An orphan (Perry Eggleton) travels across Europe to go to the 2005 Champions League Final in Istanbul.
Will is a 2012 British sports drama directed by Ellen Perry and starred Damian Lewis, Perry Eggleton and Bob Hoskins. This is also Bob Hoskins last film before his retirement the same year the movie was released and death in 2014.
Will is an 2012 British sports drama directed by Ellen Perry and starring Damian Lewis, Jane March and Bob Hoskins. .At the start of the film, eleven year-old Liverpool fan Will Brennan is at a boarding school in the south of England, due to his father Gareth's (Lewis) inability to look after him following the death of his mother. Gareth arrives one day out of the blue, with two tickets to see Liverpool play AC Milan in the 2005 Champions' League Final in Istanbul. Unfortunately, before they can go, Gareth dies suddenly. Will is determined to go and honour his father's memory. He runs away and makes it as far as France. He then meets Alek, a former Yugoslavian footballer who stopped playing during his country's civil war. Despite Alek's initial reluctance to get involved, he is inspired by Will's determination and tries to help him to fulfil his dream. After many trials and tribulations, Will gets his wish and has a better experience at the match than he could ever have imagined.
This film centres on the trials and tribulations in the lives of two main fictional characters eleven-year-old Will Brennan and Bosnian footballer Alek and their trek to see Liverpool play AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
Brennan is Liverpools number one fan, able to recite facts ad infinitum about the club and at a public school in the south of England since his father Gareth (Damian Lewis) is emotionally unable to care for him following the death of Wills mother. Gareth appears one day out of the blue with tickets for Liverpools trip to the Champions League Final. Unknown to Will his father has health problems and suddenly dies and in his belief that the adults in his life are conspiring to quash his wish to get to the match to honour his father, two of his mates at school start Will on his way for reason of their own. His being missing becomes world-wide news and he encounters others that either support Liverpool or the game of football. One of these is Alek, in Paris, who stopped playing the sport following a tragic incident due to his own actions in his hometown during the Bosnian War.
Alek is initially reluctant to get involved for various reason but a friend does his best to encourage Alek to recover from his personal demons by helping Will reach his destination. The two are off on the final leg of the journey stopping along the way in Aleks hometown where they elude police. Although they reach Istanbul they do not have tickets but in the quest to get them Liverpool stars Kenny Dalglish, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, recognise him who come to the rescue and makes possible for Will to realise his dream and much more than he could have imagined if his fathers original plans had come to be.
One Night in Istanbul (2014). Bob Hoskins appears in Will and directed The Raggedy Rawney. Bob Hoskins appears in Will and Where Eskimos Live. Goal II: Living the Dream (2007). Awaydays (2008).
Damian Lewis - Gareth
Perry Eggleton - Will
Kieran Wallbanks - Simon
Brandon Robinson - Richie
Jane March - Sister Noell
Bob Hoskins - Davey
Kristian Kiehling - Alek
Alice Krige - Sister Carmel
Rebekah Staton - Nancy
Mark Dymond - Detective
Branko Tomovic - Avdo Bilic
Canan Erguder - Mina Bilic
Malcolm Storry - Finch
Neil Fitzmaurice - Fitzy
John May - Barney
Jamie Carragher - Himself
Steven Gerrard - Himself
Kenny Dalglish - Himself
Bahattin Cam - The villager looking at the stranger in the car