Ciarán will star alongside his longtime friend Liam Neeson in Silence, Martin Scorsese’s pet project for almost two decades, a story about the challenges faced by Jesuit missionaries attempting to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan, based on Shusaku Endo’s novel.
“The subject matter is very close to my heart. I’ve been working on it since I first read the book in 1989”, Scorsese said. “It deals with spiritual matters in a concrete, physical world; a world where invariably the worst of human nature is revealed.”
Ciarán will play Alessandro Valignano (1539-1606), the Italian missionary who oversaw Jesuit activity in Asia for over thirty years.
Silence is expected to be released in time for the 2016 awards season.
Ciarán, delighted to join the cast in Season 3, says : “I’m looking forward to locking swords with Douglas Henshall and working against the stunning backdrop of Shetland. I came to Scotland a lot in the 70s and 80s in various theatre productions and of course to film Hallam Foe but this is the furthest I’ve ever been.”
Ciarán joins the cast of Agent 47, currently filming in Berlin.
Directed by Aleksander Bach, it is Fox International’s sequel to the 2007 action movie Hitman, inspired by a video game. It is the story of a genetically engineered assassin, whose strength, speed, and intellect are above the human norm.
Ciarán’s role has not been disclosed yet. Let’s guess it will not be very romantic…
Ciarán has landed a part alongside Ewan McGregor, Tye Sheridan, and Ayelet Zurer in a new indie drama directed by Rodrigo Garcia, Last Days In The Desert, an intriguing story that will find McGregor playing dual roles, a holy man and a demon, on a journey through the desert as “an encounter with a family struggling to survive in this harsh environment forces the holy man to confront his own fate.” Production will begin in early February in the Southern California desert.
Ciarán will portray the father of Sheridan’s character.
The project handled internationally by HanWay Films, will be launched at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Ciarán and Tony winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) will be reunited next summer at London’s Donmar Warehouse in Conor McPherson’s new play The Night Alive, which he will also direct. The Night Alive, which will begin performances June 13 prior to an official opening June 19 for a run through July 27, will also feature Caoilfhionn Dunne and Brian Gleeson.
Ciarán is to play Tommy, a not too bad man who’s hardly getting by, renting a rundown room in his uncle’s house and trying to keep his family at arm’s length. Then one day, with Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, comes the hope they could make something more of their lives.
According to the press, McPherson’s new play “deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations”.
The backing of John Banville himself and serious financial expectations make it reasonable to think that this time, it won’t be only a rumour. Ciarán’s costars will be Rufus Sewell and Sinéad Cusack with whom he played at the National Theatre last year.