Cillian's Free for new prison thriller
It's going to be a busy year for Irish actor Cillian Murphy, who along with confirming another season of Peaky Blinders, has signed up to star in thriller The Free World.
Cork man Cillian has insisted he prefers working on small, independent features rather than big blockbusters, but the Golden Globe and Bafta nominee will find himself somewhere in between the two when he starts filming Jason Lew's directorial debut in the autumn.
While The Free World will not be a typical Hollywood production, it is expected to enjoy worldwide release, with Memento Films International picking up the distribution rights to the movie.
Inception star Cillian will feature opposite Bryce Dallas Howard, famous for her roles in The Help, Twilight and the upcoming Jurassic World.
The Free World tells the story of Mohamed 'Mo' Lundy, played by Cillian, a man attempting to adjust to civilian life after a brutal 20-year stretch in prison for crimes he did not commit.
His world collides with that of Bryce's character Doris Lamb, a tragic and mysterious woman with a violent past, for whom he will come to risk everything, including his newfound freedom.
Cillian (37), who DJs in his spare time, has been keeping himself occupied working on The Heart of the Sea -- a tale about the sinking of the whale ship Essex in 1820 -- with fellow Irish man Brendan Gleeson and Australian Chris Hemsworth.
Blue-eyed Cillian will hop from one job to another shortly, as he is scheduled to reprise his role as Birmingham crime boss Thomas Shelby in the award-winning BBC Two period crime drama Peaky Blinders.
It begins shooting its second season in the UK in the coming weeks.
Cillian and co-star Helen McCrory have been widely praised for their parts in the programme, each landing wins at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes, in Biarritz for their performances.