Irish Eye on Hollywood: Balfe & Kennedy
Race to the Silver Screen

By Tom Deignan, Columnist
January / February 2019

Irish actress and Golden Globe nominee Caitriona Balfe is branching out from the excellent work she has been doing for several years now on the Starz network show Outlander. In 2019, Balfe­­ ­– a Dublin native – will appear alongside Christian Bale and Matt Damon in Ford v. Ferrari, directed by James Mangold, known for gritty flicks such as Cop Land and Walk the Line, as well as the Wolverine movies. Ford vs. Ferrari is about the American team (prompted by Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca, among others) that set out to design and build a vehicle that could finally defeat the Ferrari team at the 1966 Le Mans auto race in France. Look for Ford v. Ferrari in the summer of 2019. Balfe will also have plenty of Irish company when Outlander returns for season number five in 2019. Irish star Maria Doyle Kennedy has signed on to return for another season on the time-traveling show, this time playing a blind slave owner in colonial America. For two decades now, Kennedy has nicely balanced an acting career, with roles in movies such as Sing Street and Jupiter Ascending, with an equally impressive singing career. ♦

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