Saturday 19 August 2017

Martin McDonagh wants In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reunited for new film

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in In Bruges
Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell in In Bruges

Catherine Eylie

The writer of In Bruges wants to bring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson back together for another film.

Martin McDonagh, whose play Hangmen is currently in London's West End, would not say what exactly he has in mind for the two stars but revealed he has plans to make a film set at the time of the Irish Civil War.

Martin McDonagh wrote hit film In Bruges
Martin McDonagh wrote hit film In Bruges
In Bruges

The playwright, who was also behind the film Seven Psychopaths, was talking about events in history that he would like to bring to the stage or big screen.

He told the Press Association: "There are a few things that I think could be exciting either filmically or dramatically about the Easter Rising, or the War of Independence or the Irish Civil War. In fact, I've just been kind of writing something about that."

McDonagh said it is a film about "a couple of characters" who are completely distanced from the civil war but it is set at that time, in the early 1920s.

It could happen in the next year or so, he said.

McDonagh would not say what actors would be appearing in it, but hinted that there will be Irish names in the cast.

He added: "At some point it would be lovely to get Colin and Brendan back together."

Farrell and Gleeson played the lead roles in the hit film In Bruges, which was both written and directed by McDonagh.

His current play Hangmen has transferred to Wyndham's Theatre in the West End from the Royal Court. It is a dark comedy starring David Morrissey who plays a hangman at the time hanging was abolished.

Fellow cast member Andy Nyman said of McDonagh: "He's just extraordinary."

Nyman, who plays the hangman's assistant, said McDonagh's notes are "so specific", and he said Hangmen will appeal to people who are interested in comedy, thrillers, English history and set design.

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