Batman begins to become a father
CORK'S young Marlon Brando, Cillian Murphy, is about to be cast in that most challenging of roles - father.
The Irish movie star - currently the toast of Hollywood with Batman Begins and 28 Days Later - and his wife, Yvonne McGuinness, are expecting their first child.
Yvonne, the niece of Fianna Fail politician John McGuinness, and Cillian were childhood sweethearts. They were married last July in a vineyard in Provence, France. It wasn't just any old vineyard in Provence. It's called Domaine des Anges and is run by Yvonne's father Gay McGuinness.
(Cillian was, of course, well able to hold his own in France. His mother taught French at school while his father worked as a school inspector).
In any event, the romantic setting of Provence obviously worked a treat for the Irish couple because Yvonne, an artist who is based in London, is now six months pregnant.
Perhaps as a homage to the imminent arrival of a little one, Cillian will do a remake of the movie that started his illustrious career, Disco Pigs (with Jim's director daughter Kirsten Sheridan once again at the helm and Eoghan Harris as the inspirational teacher).
Disco Piglets, anyone?