Thursday 14 December 2017

Eric Bana to join Jack Renor for 'The Secret Scripture'

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Actor Eric Bana attends the premiere of Magnolia Pictures'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Actor Eric Bana attends the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' "Deadfall" at the ArcLight Cinemas on November 29, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

Jack Reynor is already on board, and now it seems another Hollywood heart-throb wants a part in The Secret Scripture.

Australian Eric Bana, who has appeared in hits including Hanna with Saoirse Ronan, is keen to land a role in the forthcoming big budget drama.

The Herald can reveal that he will have a contract signed by the end of the week.

“He is really up for being involved, so his representatives are thrashing out negotiations with producers at the moment,” a source said.

British actor Theo James, known for The Inbetweeners movie, is also in talks to join the cast of the flick, which will begin shooting in Dublin. next month.

The Secret Scripture is based on Dublin author Sebastian Barry’s best-selling 2008 book.

The story is told by Roseanne, who is uncertain of her age and recounts her experiences in asylums in Ireland over 60 years.


As the story unfolds, audiences discover the why and the how of Roseanne’s incarceration and are also introduced to the second narrator, Roseanne’s psychiatrist Dr William Grene.

Cork-born Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain were initially lined up for lead roles, but bowed out due to scheduling conflicts.

They were replaced by IFTA-winning Wicklow star Reynor, who has been taking the industry by storm since landing a part in the fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise, and American actress Rooney Mara.

Reynor (22) has been cast as the love interest of Rooney’s character Roseanne.

It has been reported that 46-year-old Bana will play a rebellious doctor responsible for reviewing Roseanne’s case, while James will play the local Catholic priest.

Veteran stars Vanessa Redgrave and Jeremy Irons complete the line-up.

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