Possible New Cast Members for 1916 Rising

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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.”

Follow the link for the rest of the article which is filled with more very interesting news.

www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/hollywood-stars-colin-farrell-and-jonathan-rhys-meyers-tipped-for-roles-in-easter-rising-film-30921601.html

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3 comments on “Possible New Cast Members for 1916 Rising

  1. leahluna55 says:
    February 20, 2015 at 12:04 am (Edit)

    It seems Colin will be filming Humans until March! and then, The Rising? Do they have the rest of the cast?

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    • Twosocks says:
      February 20, 2015 at 1:13 am (Edit)

      Originally it seemed like they had finished shooting Humans, but maybe they found they needed some pickups. The only other casting I may have heard of for The Rising is for Countess Markieviez. I can’t say who it was. The name didn’t ring a bell. There were fans that wanted Katie to be in this to play Min Ryan, but it was the Countess that I would have liked to see her play. Though I’m sure whoever they picked will do a fine job. The Countess was a remarkable woman.

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