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Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy has signed a deal to star in and produce the new Netflix film “Steve.”

The actor will play the role of the school’s principal in the upcoming film, an adapted version of author Max Porter’s 2023 novel “Shy.”

Netflix has greenlit the project from Murphy’s new production company Big Things Films, which he founded with longtime collaborator Alan Moloney. Deadline reports that the film will be distributed worldwide on the streaming service and filming is set to begin this spring.

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Steve follows 24 hours in the life of the eponymous headmaster (Murphy), who runs a last-chance school for troubled boys. Viewers witness the headmaster’s mental testing as he struggles to keep his students in line.

The screenplay, also by Porter, differs slightly from his novel. The original protagonist of Shy is a 16-year-old student of the same name who remembers a night at school.

“The same events are happening, we’re just looking at them from a different perspective,” Murphy said of the change.

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The Peaky Blinders star admits he has long been a fan of Porter’s work and his latest effort, Shy, is no exception.

“That’s something I’ve always pursued in writing – it’s something that has a real, visceral effect on you, an emotional effect,” Murphy said.

“Max gave me the book in a sample copy before he finished it and it broke my heart again. These are the things I love as a reader and as an artist, so I really wanted to do something with him.”

The actor previously worked with Porter on the short film “All of This Unreal Time” (2021) and a stage adaptation of the novel “Grief is the Thing with Feathers.”

Steve will also reunite Murphy with director Tim Mielants. The pair previously worked together on the third season of Peaky Blinders and the upcoming film Small Things Like These, which premieres at this year’s Berlinale on opening night (February 15).

“Steve” will be released worldwide on Netflix.

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