Writer of In Bruges looking to recruit stars for sequel

Irish actors Colin Farrell, left, and Brendan Gleeson. Picture: AP
Irish actors Colin Farrell, left, and Brendan Gleeson. Picture: AP
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The writer of In Bruges wants to bring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson back together for another film.

Martin McDonagh, whose play Hangmen is currently in London’s West End, would not say what exactly he has in mind for the two stars but revealed he has plans to make a film which is set at the time of the Irish Civil War.

The playwright, who was also behind the film Seven Psychopaths, was talking about events in history that he would like to bring to the stage or big screen.

He said: “There are a few things that I think could be exciting either filmically or dramatically about the Easter Rising, or the War of Independence or the Irish Civil War. In fact, I’ve just been kind of writing something about that.”

McDonagh said it is a film about “a couple of characters” who are completely distanced from the civil war but it is set at that time, in the early 1920s.

It could happen in the next year or so, he said.

McDonagh would not say what actors would be appearing in it, but hinted that there will be Irish names in the cast.

He added: “At some point it would be lovely to get Colin and Brendan back together.”

Farrell and Gleeson played the lead roles in the hit film In Bruges, which was both written and directed by McDonagh.