Jamie Campbell Bower has been cast as coach Joe in the West End production of Bend It Like Beckham. It will mark the star’s West End debut. On film his credits include Anthony Hope in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, the young Gellert Grindwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I and II, Caius in the film trilogy the Twilight Saga: New Moon and Breaking Dawn- Part I and Part II, the Young Edward de Vere in Anonymous , Jace Wayland in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones as well as roles in RocknRolla and Winter in War Time. His television credits include The Prisoner and Camelot when he played the central role of King Arthur.
The cast will also feature Natalie Dew as football crazy Jess, with Lauren Samuels as fellow femal football-enthusiast Jules. Ronni Ancona will play Paula, Jules’s Mum, with Jamal Andréas as Jess’ good friend Tony. Preeya Kalidas plays Pinky, Jess’ sister, with Tony Jayawardena and Natasha Jayetileke as her parents, Mr and Mrs Bhamra.
Bend It Like Beckham opens at the Phoenix Theatre on 24th June. London previews begin on 15th May 2015. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, with original music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart, Bend It Like Beckham has a new book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Gurinder Chadha. It is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Deepak Nayar Productions.