UK Actor Rob McLoughlin to Star in Upcoming War Drama 'True Heart'
05/21/2016

Dynamic dramatic actor Rob McLoughlin will star as Rick in Jonathan Gameiro's upcoming film "True Heart," slated to begin filming this summer!

Online PR News – 21-May-2016 – Los Angeles, CA – UK-based actor Rob McLoughlin, who recently starred in Douglas Rath’s thriller “Il Sonnambulo,” will star as Rick, a dangerous and twisted American soldier, in the upcoming film “True Heart.”

About what drew him to the project McLoughlin says, “I loved the script. It’s a big ambitious project and we’ve got some real big hitters coming on board. The cast is great and director Jonathan Gameiro is passionate about his work and it's infectious.”

A period drama set during the second world war, “True Heart” revolves around the tough and often life-defining decisions that a soldier faces when at war. The film follows Jason, a young American soldier whose humanity, loyalty and compassion are all tested when he finds two German children hiding in one of the houses while on patrol. Whether to let them live, or “dispose” of them as he is told to do, brings Jason to a crossroads of a decision that will change his life forever.

A soldier in Jason’s patrol squadron, Rob McLoughlin’s character Rick serves as the main antagonist of the film making Jason’s life and the decision in front him exponentially more difficult.

“Rick represents the main physical barrier to Jason’s plan. He drives Jason insane and tries to compromise his thoughts throughout the film as he thinks the children should not deserve to live,” explains McLoughlin about his character. “He is a mysterious and dangerous psychopath. Crazy but not light minded, Rick is undoubtedly smart.”

The film, which is being produced by Kingston Films, is set to begin filming mid-August and will also star Edward Tarling (“Hinge Factor,” “Frequent Flyers”) as Jason and Damon Driver (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Ben.

About hand picking McLoughlin for the role of Rick, “True Heart” writer and director Jonathan Gameiro says, “After having spotted and studied Rob’s profile I knew he could be an interesting potential candidate for the role. After the audition I knew Rob would be perfect. His performance was brilliant, his way of interpreting a crazy, unstable and perverted soldier felt incredibly natural. His acting talent will be an interesting asset to exploit in this production.”

From his role as a stealthy criminal in “The Fry Up” to DCI Mills in the dramatic crime film “Suspect 13,” McLoughlin has created an impressive reputation as an actor who flawlessly portrays dark and troubled characters with complete believability.
Last year he wrapped production on Douglas Rath’s gruesome horror series “Il Sonnambula,” which was nominated for Best Cinematography and the Best Horror Award at Vancouver Web Fest, in addition to being chosen as an Official Selection of the Buenos Aires Web Fest, Seattle Web Fest and T.O. Web Fest presented by Canada’s IWCC.

Starring alongside Gillian MacGregor (“A Lonely Place to Die,” “Beyond”) and Ross Mullan (“Game of Thrones,” “Bloody Cuts”) McLoughlin gave a knockout performance as Roberto Aurelio in “Il Sonnambulo,” a journalist who finds himself in frightening waters while investigating a story about the mysterious Il Sonnambula, a mythological Venetian boogey man who turns out to be more real and powerful than Roberto ever could have imagined.

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“Possessed of an unshakeable belief in his right to a story, and the nerve to follow through, Roberto uses his position at a hipster magazine to track his biggest quarry yet: the notorious Atticus Hurst,” says McLoughlin.

Meeting the famous photographer Atticus Hurst, whose been taunted by the supposed Il Sonnambula ever since his daughter mysteriously vanished 20 years prior, sets Roberto on a trail from which he may never return.

“I wanted him to be vulnerable but arrogant at the same time. He has to show balls but he’s scared shitless. And that's confusing because he thinks Atticus is completely mad, that this is all some spooky crap that Atticus has made up after too many absinthes,” says the actor.

While McLoughlin’s undeniable good looks and magnetic personality have made him a sensation on the big screen, as well as landed him countless roles as a featured actor in commercials including Marks and Spencer’s six-part Valentine’s campaign that ran in the UK and Ireland, the actor has also proven his adept skill in the theatre.

Taking the stage at one of the biggest venues in the UK, London’s Royal Opera House, McLoughlin gave an awe-inspiring performance in the 2011 production of “Aida” directed by David McVicar, who aside from being an internationally acclaimed theatre director, was also knighted in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to opera. Shortly after “Aida,” McLoughlin took the stage at the Greenwich Playhouse where he performed the starring role of Jean in “Miss Julie” directed by Oliver Baird.

In addition to shooting the upcoming war drama “True Heart,” McLoughlin is also slated to star in the gangster drama “Betrayal” written by Malcolm Davies, the producer behind the 2014 series “McKenna.”

About the upcoming project, McLoughlin says, “It's a really well written gangster drama. It's in pre-production at the moment but there's a few big names attached already. I'm set to play the co-lead in this. There’s such a nice twist in this story which sets it apart from the mainstream British gangster film, which usually gets centered around football for some reason. I'm really looking forward to getting started on it.”