EastEnders actor Danny Dyer is set to appear in a short film about mental health directed by a 17-year-old in an attempt to raise money for charity.
Stepping Stone is written, produced and directed by Noah Caplan, who was inspired to start the project when his younger sister came through a life-threatening accident.
The work has now been completed with the 30-minute-long film, which will focus on four characters from all walks of life who go through various problems, such as anxiety, alcoholism and domestic abuse.
The film will try to tell people that the first step towards getting help is to talk to someone else.
Caplan, David “Sideman” Whitely and Georgia Moncur will perform alongside Dyer, with Cush Berlin in the role of adviser.
Stepping Stone has been described as aiming to “break the negative stigmas surrounding mental health and get the world talking about a problem that is so prevalent”.
It will support mental health charities, including Calm, and will be released early next year.
Dyer said, “The power of this thing (the mind) is a crazy old thing, so we have to take care of it.”
He talked about Caplan and added: “I was very, very impressed. Barely 17 years old. The fact that he has taken his s *** together, as he has done, and has pulled it all together, is pretty amazing. I really enjoyed myself. It was a pleasure. “
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Caplan said: “It was an absolute honor to work on this film with Danny Dyer and this amazing team.
“This is a passion project that I have been working on since my sister was involved in and survived a tragic accident and I saw what effect this had on me and everyone around me.
“I’m so grateful that this experience led me to give back to the world through the power of film.”
He added: “Mental health is something that is very close to my heart and I hope this film can help other people.
“As a family, mental health has always been an open discussion and I would like to help bring that conversation into many other households and friendship groups.
“With this film, we hope to put the topic in the spotlight by using familiar faces and extravagant storytelling. My goal is to make mental health an open discussion.”
Stepping Stone is made by Chance 43 Productions.