Hollywood stars including Colin Farrell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers could be jetting into Belfast this year for a multi-million pound film project set to bring the story of the Easter Rising to the silver screen.
The prominent actors have been tipped to take up lead roles in The Rising alongside award-winning Ulster actor Colin Morgan in the screen version of the 1916 rebellion.
Armagh-born Merlin and The Fall star Morgan is set to play Irish rebel leader Sean McDermott in the film which is being billed as a thriller.
Enniskillen born producer/director Kevin McCann told Sunday Life he expects more big names to be announced soon for the film, planned for release in 2016.
Filming is due to take place at different locations in Belfast, Dublin, Leitrim and the US, with Northern Ireland Screen providing funding towards the £4m project.
Morgan, 29, is the first big name actor to be confirmed. (emphasis mine!)
Farrell was born on May 31, 1976 in Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland. Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland.
“We haven’t talked to Colin (Farrell) yet. Jonathan (Rhys Meyers) is very well established, he’s a strong actor. Perhaps he would be a good Padraig Pearse.
“Our casting is a big thing,” said McCann. “We can’t really use people like Killian Scott or Liam Neeson because they’re identified very closely with other Irish films. Our casting director Carla Stronge, who is from Belfast, was the casting director for The Fall. She’s critical to the film and I also think that there’s room for people that we haven’t seen before.
“There’s a lot of talent out there, a lot of good Belfast actors.”
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