Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Year of Irish Heavyweights

By Tom Deignan, Contributor
February / March 2017

Not too many people saw the pairing of two Irish cinematic heavyweights – Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender – in the crime caper Trespass Against Us. The film came and went in theaters with little more than a whimper back in January. But fear not! Both actors have plenty of work coming up. In March, Fassbender will appear in acclaimed director Terrence Malick’s latest film Song to Song. Malick is best known for modern classics such as Badlands and Days of Heaven.

Song to Song features Fassbender alongside Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Irish American Rooney Mara and is set amidst the thriving Austin, Texas music scene. Numerous musicians from Arcade Fire to John Lydon (the former Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols, whose parents were Irish immigrants to England) will also make cameos. In May, Fassbender will appear in Alien: Covenant alongside Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. Finally, in October, Fassbender appears in the moody detective thriller The Snowman, based on Jo Nesbo’s novel of the same name.

On the other end of the moodiness spectrum is one of Brendan Gleeson’s next films – Paddington 2, a family comedy about a lovable bear which also featuring Imelda Staunton, whose parents were also Irish immigrants to England. Gleeson will also appear alongside Diane Keaton in Hampstead, about the unlikely love affair that blossoms between a widow and what appears to be a homeless man, both of whom do battle with developers looking to build on a landscape the couple have come to love. ♦

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