Lord of the Dance himself Michael Flatley writes, directs and stars in the action thriller Blackbird: we now finally have the first trailer.

Well this came out of the blue. The existence of the film Blackbird has been in question ever since it was first announced via Flatley’s Twitter account back in 2018, with the promise of press screenings as part of the Riverdance Film Festival. However, since then it’s been tumbleweeds all round, and the film was considered either unfinished or forgotten.

Now, though, comes a flurry of activity.

Not only has the first trailer has been released for Blackbird, we also have a synopsis. However much of a fan you are of Michael Flatley, whose legs were once reported to have been insured for a whopping fifty million dollars, it’s fair to say that this isn’t what the majority of us would have expected from his debut as a filmmaker:

An MI6 operative named Victor Blackley turns his back on the agency after his fiancée is killed on a mission gone wrong. Sometime later, he finds himself as the owner of The Blue Moon, a prestigious hotel in Barbados that acts as a safe haven for international criminals to complete under the table dealings. Though, after years of turning his head to his guest’s business, he is pulled back in to the world he left when a former agent connected to his past turns up as part of a small party, who have come to conduct business on his grounds. What begins as a chance encounter that reignites an old flame quickly becomes a life or death struggle to save not only those closest to him, but also the potential lives of millions throughout the world.

Flatley wrote and directed the film as well as producing through his own company Dance Lord Pictures. He also stars as Blackley, alongside Eric Roberts, Patrick Bergin, Nicole Evans and Ian Beattie.

Sinead O’Connor has recorded a track for the film.

Blackbird will be released in Irish cinemas on the 2nd September. Watch the trailer below…

Irish Examiner

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