Shaun Of The Dead's Dylan Moran And More Join Brendan Gleeson In Calvary
Thanks to the fact that Seven Psychopaths will be in theaters next week, director Martin McDonagh has been getting a lot of headlines and attention, but now his brother, John Michael McDonagh is stealing a bit of the spotlight for a moment. While The Guard filmmaker has already added a number of fantastic actors to the cast of his latest project, Calvary, including Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Aidan Gillen, it's now being reported that he's added even more top talent.
THR has learned Shaun of the Dead's Dylan Moran, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Marie-Josee Croze, and Casino Royale's Isaach De Bankole have all signed on for parts in the new dark comedy. In the story a good-natured priest (Gleeson) who finds himself reviled and hated by the community around him and needing to find a way to escape the darkness. The film has already begun production on Cavalry, and is shooting in County Sligo, Ireland. Momentum Pictures has already signed on to distribute the movie in the UK and Ireland, but it has not yet been picked up in the States. It is currently looking for a release date sometime in 2013.
Said McDonagh in a statement about the start of production, "It is with great excitement, bordering on tumescence, that I am looking forward to collaborating once more with Ireland's greatest actor, Brendan Gleeson, and working with the finest ensemble cast ever assembled in the history of Irish cinema."
While The Guard wasn't exactly the biggest blockbuster of last year, it did make a profit - pulling in $17 million worldwide on a $6 million budget - and found success and buzz thanks to critical praise coming out of the Sundance Film Festival. Perhaps they will attempt a similar tactic this time around.
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