A biopic based on the life of Buddy Holly is in the works with actor Ruairi O’Connor set to play the singer-songwriter.

The movie is titled 'Clear Water'. It depicts how Buddy Holly and other famous musicians of the late 1950s gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll.

It also depicts how the civil rights movements and other big changes were occurring in that era in America.

Holly died at the age of 22 in a plane crash in February 1959, along with Ritchie Valens, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and pilot Roger Peterson.

Director Bruce Beresford, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature 'Driving Miss Daisy', is behind the upcoming feature.

Producer Rick French sang the praises of its Irish star.

He told Variety: "We looked at hundreds and hundreds of audition tapes for the Buddy Holly role and interviewed some tremendously talented actors and musicians but Ruairi’s audition really stood out.

"He’s a terrific young actor who exudes charisma and he’s also a very accomplished musician who our team believes can handle this very challenging role."

Ruairi O’Connor is best-known for his role as Henry Tudor in Starz TV series 'The Spanish Princess'.

His early roles include Irish films 'What Richard Did' and 'Handsome Devil'.

He has also appeared in such series as 'Can't Cope, Won't Cope', 'My Mother and Other Strangers' and 'Delicious'.

His film credits also include 'The Postcard Killings', led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and musical 'Teen Spirit'.

He will also star in the upcoming horror 'The Conjuring 3', aka 'The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It'. It hits cinemas in 2021.