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 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…
The Sea, tells the story of Max Morden who has just lost his wife. Struggling with his grief, he takes a vacation in the village he visited as a young boy. Once there, he is assailed by reminiscences of one particular summer. Coping with his current problems as a writer, and dealing with what he saw when he was a child, he has to learn that the key to his redemption is facing the past.
“Subtle, well acted, but ponderous drama about a man escaping grief by returning to a place where he suffered another loss”, “austere, haunting and superlatively acted film”, according to some reviewers, will The Sea fulfill our hopes of seeing Ciarán playing an intelligent and sensitive character, something he excels in?
The first trailer and poster for John Crowley’s upcoming thriller Closed Circuit have just been unveiled.
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall team to defend an international terrorist accused of setting a bomb at a popular marketplace. While investigating the case (with the assistance of closed circuit cameras hence the title), they discover a deeper conspiracy involving British Intelligence and find out that MI5 will stop at nothing to keep their secrets.
Closed Circuit is set to open in theaters on August 28th.
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.
In recent weeks, eagle-eyed residents of Wandsworth Borough may have spotted Ciarán filming the Focus Features and Working Title Films’ untitled international suspense thriller also starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall for director John Crowley. It’s the story of two ex-lovers, Martin (to be played by Eric Bana) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall) who find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.
Bad luck for Lynda La Plante’s ITV 1 drama Above Suspicion. Not only has the show been cancelled by ITV but the list of the final contenders for the TVChoice Awards 2012 have been published, and neither Ciarán nor Above Suspicion have passed the first round.