Monday 16 July 2018

Irish actors Emmett Scanlan and Eoin Macken land roles in ‘The Bible’ sequel and ‘Killing Jesus’

Eoin Macken
Eoin Macken
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Irish actors Emmett J Scanlan and Eoin Macken have landed two biblical roles, in separate productions in the US.

According to IFTN, Scanlan (35), who has had roles in Charlie Casanova, Guardians of the Galaxy, TV series The Fall and E4 soap Hollyoaks, has landed a part in the sequel to 'The Bible'.

The hit miniseries, which aired on TV3 at Christmas, has led to the sequel 'A.D.', a 12-episode NBC series which will broadcast on Eastern Sunday next year.

It deals with the aftermath of the crucifixion as Jesus' band of followers struggle to spread the word of God.  The series will also star British actor Richard Coyle, Greta Scacchi, and Vincent Regan.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Emmett J Scanlan attends the Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone on September 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Emmett J Scanlan attends the Inside Soap Awards at One Marylebone on September 24, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Dublin actor, director and author Eoin Macken (31) is set to star in Ridley Scott's new series 'Killing Jesus'.

Macken has found success as army medic Dr TC Callahan on NBC's The Night Shift, which has just been picked up by RTÉ and renewed for a second season Stateside.

Macken was hand-picked for the part of young Herod in the four-part mini-series which also stars Frasier's Kelsey Grammer, Lord of the Rings actor John Rhys Davies, and Rufus Sewell.

The mini-series is being made by Ridley Scott's production company for the National Geographic Channel and is being shot in Morocco.

"It is fantastic fun because I usually play the easy-going drunk dude and this is a proper bad guy, a meaty role and it's harder to portray," he said recently.

"It's very political and I make grand speeches - I think it might ruffle some feathers," he added.'Killing Jesus' will air next year.

Macken is also an author and recently released his debut novel Kingdom of Scars.

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