The award-winning producer revealed he first considered US Transformers star Shia LaBeouf as the film’s hero Sean McDermott, but he soon changed his mind after social media users backing the film’s Kickstarter campaign suggested Merlin star Morgan for the huge part.
“Shia LaBeouf is an extremely talented actor but we soon discovered that our thousands of fans would not like an American in the lead role,” he said.
“We have a very good social media team and we were asking people, who do you think could play Sean Mac Diarmada? We posted it, and Colin Morgan came to the fore.
“So I said, OK, let’s have a look at this. I hadn’t watched Merlin and I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I watched a couple of episodes and you only have to watch about 10 seconds of Colin Morgan to know that there’s something going on there. (emphasis mine!) And then I met him.
“We spent hours and hours talking about McDermott and I couldn’t ask for a better actor.”
It’s really wonderful to see the effect Colin has on those who take the moments necessary to really watch his portrayals in any role he has taken on. Merlin was the beginning for many of us … which is why we will continue to “re-discover” it here on these pages. We are glad to welcome you, Kevin McCann, to our opinion … to our insight into the phenomenal ability, intelligence, and dedication that resides in Colin Morgan.