Danny Dyer is reportedly set to reprise his role as Tommy Johnson in The Football Factory 2.
The actor, 46, is best known for playing Mick Carter in the BBC soap EastEnders but before becoming the landlord of the Queen Vic, he played a football hooligan in the 2004 drama.
Ahead of the film’s 20th anniversary, insiders have claimed that production of the sequel will begin just after Christmas and that it is a real ‘passion project’ for the former soap star.
A source told The Sun: ‘It’s full steam ahead for Football Factory 2 and filming is due to start in January.
‘The hope is they can turn it around quickly enough so it comes out in 2024 – in time for the 20th anniversary.’
Danny Dyer is reportedly set to reprise his role as Tommy Johnson in The Football Factory 2 (pictured in the 2004 film as Tommy Johnson)
They added: ‘It’s a real passion project for Danny who can’t wait to get his teeth back into the role.
In The Football Factory, Danny plays a member of the Chelsea Firm whose life revolves around booze, drugs and violence, but whose increasing nightmares make him question his choice of life.
The film – which was loosely based on the novel by John King – received negative reviews from critics at the time but has gone on to become something of a cult classic.
It’s been reported that the sequel has a working title of Marching Powder – a nod to the prolific cocaine use in the movie.
MailOnline has contacted Danny’s representatives for comment.
From 2013 until 2022, Danny became a fan favourite on EastEnders for his portrayal of Mick Carter alongside his on-screen wife Linda (Kellie Bright).
The pair later split and he married Albert Square’s resident baddy Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks) but returned to Linda after discovering her lies.
But he left the serial last Christmas in a storyline which left viewers wondering if he was alive or dead.
Ahead of the film’s 20th anniversary, insiders have claimed that production of the sequel will begin just after Christmas and that it is a real ‘passion project’ for the former soap star
Danny has since gone on to star in Channel 5 drama Heat and now fronts the Sorted with the Dyers podcast with his daughter and former Love Island winner Dani.
But discussing the reason for his exit from the soap, he recently explained that he left the show over his dissatisfaction with the scripts.
He said: ‘The first few years we f***ing smashed it. It was powerful s**t. The viewer listened to us more than these f***ing c* politicians.’
He added: ‘I was blessed with some amazing storylines, some s**te ones as well.
‘They f***ed it up towards the end. It’s a shame it had to come to an end but I’d f***ing had enough.’
From 2013 until 2022, Danny became a fan favourite on EastEnders for his portrayal of Mick Carter in EastEnders (pictured on the soap)