Three Irish actors to star in new Ron Howard movie
HOLLYWOOD filmmaker Ron Howard has enlisted three Irish actors to star in his new blockbuster movie.
Silver screen veteran Brendan Gleeson will join Cillian Murphy and newcomer Sam Keeley in a story of a ship destroyed at sea, entitled 'In The Heart of The Sea'.
The production is based on the book by Nathaniel Philbrick, which follows the real-life tale of the survivors of the Nantucket whaling ship the Essex.
The boat was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820 and is what inspired author Herman Melville in writing his classic novel 'Moby Dick'.
Gleeson (58) will take on the role of a surviving crew member in his later years of life, who is interviewed about the near-death experience.
It is going to be a busy year for Gleeson, who is currently filming psychological thriller 'Eliza Graves' with Michael Caine and Kate Beckinsale.
The Dubliner is then due to begin shooting with the cast of 'In The Heart of The Sea' in September, with production of Howard's latest project expected to take place in London before moving to the Canary Islands.
The film also marks another major step onto the international stage for Tullamore actor Keeley, whose breakthrough role was in Lenny Abrahamson's 2012 'What Richard Did', opposite IFTA award winning Jack Reynor.
Keeley (22) previously worked with Eve Hewson, the 21-year-old daughter of U2 frontman Bono, in 'This Must Be the Place'.
His credits also include stints in Channel 4 phenomenon 'Misfits' and RTE series 'RAW'.
Keeley will play one of the crew members onboard the ship when disaster strikes.
Meanwhile, Cork native Cillian Murphy will play the crew's second mate.
Other big names on the cast list include 'Thor' star Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker from 'Flags of our Fathers' and Tom Holland, who was in the recently released 'The Impossible', based on a family's experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.