Hollywood star Sam Claflin to play Cardiff City hero Robin Friday in new film
16 May 2015
From the section South East Wales
This iconic picture of Robin Friday flicking a V-sign at the Luton keeper after scoring was used on the cover of a Super Furry Animals record
Cardiff City cult hero Robin Friday is to be portrayed in a new film of his life by Pirates of the Caribbean and Hunger Games star Sam Claflin.
Friday played just 21 league games for City in 1976-77, but his notoriety off the pitch and his ability on it made him one of the game’s great characters.
The biopic, which begins filming in September, is to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Henry Alex Rubin.
It is based on a book by Paolo Hewitt and ex-Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan.
Friday, who also played for Reading, died at just 38 in 1990 after years of drug and alcohol abuse.
Sam Claflin on film English actor Sam Claflin, 28, will next be seen as Finnick Odair in the final instalment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
His film credits include Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with Johnny Depp, The Riot Club and Love, Rosie
He is currently shooting Me Before You with Emilia Clarke and Janet McTeer
After Friday’s brief spell at Cardiff he prematurely retired from the game, but he is still revered and frequently compared to George Best for his flamboyant lifestyle and playing style.
He is especially remembered for famously flicking a V-sign at Luton goalkeeper Milija Aleksic after scoring for the Bluebirds.
Welsh band Super Furry Animals used a photograph of the incident on the sleeve of one of their songs.
Describing one of Friday’s wonder goals in a game he …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment