Ex-Huddersfield and St Helens forward Keith Mason will play the lead role in a crime thriller movie to be released in October this year.
The 38-year-old has featured in numerous films since he retired from rugby league, including Mickey Rourke’s 2015 action movie Skin Traffik, as well as having a cameo role in the popular TV series Peaky Blinders.
In his new film ‘IMPERATIVE’, which has been produced by Mason and directed by Thierry Chavrimootoo, the former Wales international will play lead DCI Sullivan who is a dysfunctional detective hunting down a serial killer on the streets of northern England.
Speaking about the film, which releases worldwide in October 2020, Mason said: “It’s one of the most intense films I’ve worked on and will be the first of many in the series.
“It’s kind of a northern version of Luther and The Sweeney so expect an intense edge of your seat thriller, with the first rugby league player to play a detective in a feature film.
“It’s my first lead and I felt this film was the right time to do it, and showcase my acting ability.”
Mason continued: “It’s the first film I’ve produced and I’ll tell you it’s been a hell of a ride with everyone involved, including actor Jay Merill, Butlin brothers, Jenna Brough and Rugby Blood artist Paul.
“I believe the talent director Thierry Chavrimootoo at just 18 is going to be one of the most successful British film-makers for the next 20 years.”