Sunday 25 February 2018

Love/Hate's Robert Sheehan bags lead role in Peter Jackson's latest fantasy epic

Portlaoise actor Robert Sheehan
Portlaoise actor Robert Sheehan
Irish actor Ronan Raferty

Sasha Brady

Former Love/Hate star Robert Sheehan has landed the lead role in director Peter Jackson's latest fantasy epic.

The Laois actor has been signed on to Peter Jackson's adaptation of Mortal Engines, based on the series of books by Philip Reeve.

The Lord of the Rings director announced the project last October but details of the casting have just been revealed by Variety magazine.

Sheehan is set to join former Moone Boy and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Ronan Rafferty.

Sheehan will have a lead role, while Raftery plays a supporting one.

Mortal Engines is the first book in Philip Reeve's four-part children's series, Hungry City Chronicles.

The books are set in a post-apocalyptic universe where cities have been turned into mobile machines that compete for resources.

Sheehan to fame playing Darren in the gritty RTE crime drama Love/Hate as the gangster with a conscience.

Portlaoise actor Robert Sheehan
Portlaoise actor Robert Sheehan

He'll next be seen in the film, Bad Samaritan, in which he plays a burglar, alongside former Dr Who star David Tennant.

The 29-year-old currently stars in Sky Atlantic's Fortitude, alongside Dennis Quaid, the legendary Michael Gambon, Richard Dormer and Game of Thrones star Michelle Fairley.

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