Jack O’Connell is playing Shaun Ryder in a Happy Mondays biopic

Jack O’Connell has been confirmed to star as Shaun Ryder in forthcoming Happy Mondays (pictured) biopic Twisting My Melon.

The film will be based on Ryder’s autobiography the same name, charting his life from childhood into becoming the Madchester scene figurehead.

Jason Isaacs and Maxine Peak are also in negotiations to play Ryder’s father and mother respectively, with production slated to begin in January

Matt Greenhalgh is making his directorial debut at the helm the film. He previously worked as a screenwriter for musical biopics Control, about Joy Division's Ian Curtis, and John Lennon film Nowhere Boy.

Talking about Twisting My Melon, Greenhalgh said: “Shaun and the last true working-class band – the Happy Mondays – mainlined into my musical DNA when I was 16 years old … Ryder is the son John Lennon, Johnny Rotten with a few kilos John Belushi stamped in.”

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