Brit thesps Stephen Graham (This is England), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen) and Peter McDonald (When Brendan Met Trudy) have joined the cast of ‘The Damned United,’ a biopic of legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough adapted for the screen by Peter Morgan.
Michael Sheen (previously announced) plays the egotistical and eccentric Clough in the film, which examines his ill-tempered and short-lived tenure as topper at Leeds United in 1974.
Graham plays Leeds United captain Billy Bremner — Clough’s chief nemesis. McDonald and Compston will kit up as players Johnny Giles and John O’Hare, respectively.
Other actors crossing the white lines as soccer players are Mark Cameron, Colin Harris, Joe Dempsie, Giles Anderson, Brian McCardie, Stewart Robertson and Laurie Rea.
The project was due to be directed by Stephen Frears but he stepped aside last summer to be replaced by Tom Hooper.