Derry actor Vincent lands role in new US Civil Rights film

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured with Vinnie Coyle at the Guildhall on Tuesday morning for the launch of 'No Right Way To Do Wrong' campaign.................... DER0915MC013
The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured with Vinnie Coyle at the Guildhall on Tuesday morning for the launch of 'No Right Way To Do Wrong' campaign.................... DER0915MC013
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A Derry actor has spoken of his delight at landing a starring role in a new US film.

Vincent Coyle will fly out to the US later this month to speak at a major event ahead of filming in South Carolina.

The new motion picture will be entitled ‘There Is No Right Way To Do Wrong’, and is an adaptation of a play by author Terence L. Gallman.

The film will examine themes including young people caught up in violence, Civil Rights, oppression and the importance of education and reconciliation.

It will focus on a young black man in jail who is forced to confront himself, and who encounters the work civil rights leaders such as Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. Mr Coyle’s character becomes a type of mentor for the young man and through his tutorship, he helps him discover his real potential.

Filming is expected to get under way within months, and the film-makers say leading actors such as Oprah Winfrey and Morgan Freeman are to be approached about possibly taking part.

Mr Coyle, who like his late father and namesake before him has been involved in the Civil Rights movement in the north of Ireland, said the film will follow up in the themes explored in the Academy Award-winning ‘Selma’ and had a strong message for young, marginalised people in the US and here.

He added that the film was “a big challenge and a big opportunity, and something I fell has to be done”.

“There is a huge message here and it’s about beginning the big conversation about use of violence, education and how communities need to start working with each other and reaching out,” he said.

Mr Coyle will attend the ‘International and Domestic Justice System Day’ and ‘Day of Reconciliation’ on March 28th in Columbia, South Carolina on the Capitol State House grounds.