The film, entitled The Rising, has been in development since 2012 and will not be released until late 2017, or possibly later. The film will focus on Séan MacDiarmada’s role in the 1916 Easter Rising. Mac Diarmada was one of the Rising’s masterminds, and one of the seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation. The Irish Post has learned that now filming will not begin until late this year at the earliest, meaning it could be 2018 before fans will get to see the finished product*. The project is being supported by Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Film Board.
The casting of the film has attracted much attention so far with big names such as Colin Morgan, star of the BBC’s Merlin confirmed to play the lead role of Séan MacDiarmada.
Two major roles have yet to be cast. One is that of lead female character Min Ryan who conducted courier duties during the Rising. Min Ryan was the partner of Séan MacDiarmada; MacDiarmada wrote in a letter before his execution that “Miss Ryan, had I lived, would have been my wife”.
* (Keeping in mind some other independent films we have featured, this does not seem to be an uncommon hurdle for independent film makers to encounter.)