Tuesday 21 October 2014

Domhnall Gleeson saddles-up with Leonardo DiCaprio for new Hollywood western

Published 01/08/2014 | 07:29

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Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson

The Hollywood offers are rolling in for Star Wars actor Domhnall Gleeson.

The son of Oscar-nominee Brendan Gleeson is well on track to emulate his award-winning father's success on the big screen after landing a part in new flick, The Revenant.

He'll be lining out with A-lister Leonardo Di Caprio in the production set in the 1820s - also starring Tom Hardy and Will Poulter - as his career continues its upward trajectory.

Based on a novel by Michael Punke, The Revenant tells the story of a frontiersman who wants to wreak revenge on the men who left him for dead after being mauled by a bear.

Filming will begin this Autumn, which should give Gleeson plenty of time to finish up his much-talked about role on the Episode VII version of Star Wars.

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Massive secrecy has surrounded the plotlines for the latest addition to the blockbuster franchise, with Gleeson barred from giving away any details about his character.

All that's been revealed is that the movie is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi and the demise of Darth Vader and centres around a trio of young leads.

Filming is expected to end in September and it's been schedule for a December 2015 release, with Star Wars fans already chomping at the bit to see it.

Characters from previous instalments will also be involved, including the original Luke Skywalker Mark Hamill - who was snapped when the movie filmed in Kerry's Skellig Michael this week.

When he was first confirmed for the role, Gleeson said it was the "maddest thing in the world".

He also said that appearing in Harry Potter in the role of Bill Weasley made him accustomed to the trappings of fame, so he had no fears of being suddenly propelled into the limelight.

"I'm a pessimist by nature, so it's always the worst things that come to mind whenever you first make a decision, or have a decision to make.

"So of course, yeah, you worry the way it will disrupt the way you live your life," he said.

"The truth of the matter is, I was in Harry Potter and I can walk in the street and no one bothers me," he continued. "It's totally fine.

"The only reason I'm doing 'Star Wars' is because the script is great, because JJ [Abrams] is great, and because the cast are great.

"And that's what you look for in any movie. So in a way, it's just another job," he told the Herald.

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