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Irish Casting Round-Up
10 Nov 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
This week saw Irish actors Victoria Smurfit, Emmet Scanlan and Eoin Macken land roles in major international productions…

Victoria Smurfit to play Cruella de Vil

Victoria Smurfit has been cast as the iconic villain Cruella de Vil in the ABC fairytale drama series ‘Once Upon a Time’. The Irish actress announced the news on Twitter last week, saying she is "super excited" to take on the role.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Smurfit's character will first be teased in the winter finale and will appear on a recurring basis. Smurfit recently made a guest appearance on ‘The Mentalist’ and was nominated for an IFTA for her role in the NBC series ‘Dracula’ opposite Jonathon Rhys Meyers.

Smurfit is also known for her roles in ‘The Beach’, ‘About a Boy’, the made-for-TV movie ‘Honeymoon for One’ and British dramas ‘Trial & Retribution’ and ‘Ballykissangel’.

‘The Bible’ Sequel Cast includes Emmet Scanlan

Following hit miniseries ‘The Bible’, which aired on TV3 last Christmas, executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have assembled the cast for their 12-episode NBC event series ‘A.D.’ It is set to premiere Easter Sunday, April 5th 2015.

Among the cast is Dublin actor Emmet Scanlan, known for ‘Charlie Casanova’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Hollyoaks’. The cast also includes Richard Coyle, Vincent Regan, Adam Levy, Juan Pablo di Pace, Chipo Chung, Jodhi May, Joanne Whalley, Greta Scacchi and Babou Ceesay.

‘ A.D.’ follows the aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion as his small group of followers fight for survival while they try to spread the Word to the world.

According to Deadline, Scanlan will play Saul, “a fervent Jewish follower, who is aggressive and zealous in his admiration of the Temple and his people’s traditions”.

Eoin Macken lands role in new Ridley Scott series

In another Biblical project, Irish star Eoin Macken has been cast in ‘Killing Jesus’, alongside ‘Fraser’ star Kelsey Grammer and ‘Lord of the Rings’ star Johnathon Rhys Davies. The series, which is being produced by Ridley Scott, is filming in Morocco. Based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, the project chronicles the life of Jesus of Nazareth through the retelling of his story.

Eoin, who stars in hit NBC series ‘The Night Shift’ (scheduled to air on RTÉ in January), plays Antipas, the co-conspirator in Jesus’ death in ‘Killing Jesus’. He has said of the role: “I’ve never played a dark character with so many layers before and it’s a challenge. Despite the obviously cruel nature of what he did I understand him and want to make people ultimately like him.

“That’s what’s fascinating about this script and the book, it’s a greyer version of what happened, nothing is quite so black and white and doing that properly is delicate and a challenge.”

A National Geographic Channel production, ‘Killing Jesus’ will air in 2015.





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