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01 May 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Domhnall Gleeson has recently been IFTA nominated for his work on ‘Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Frank’
Recently announced IFTA nominees Domhnall Gleeson and Aisling Franciosi land roles in major US projects while Dublin actor Jason O’ Mara enlists in Richie Smith’s siege drama ‘Jadotville’.

Domhnall Gleeson in talks for Tom Cruise starrer ‘Mena’

Domhnall Gleeson (who has just been IFTA nominated for his role in ‘Frank’) is in talks to join Tom Cruise in the Universal, Imagine and Cross Creek co-production ‘Mena’.

If a deal closes, Gleeson would join Sarah Wright, who is on board to join the cast with Doug Liman set to direct. Brian Grazer will produce for his Imagine Entertainment along with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson as well as Doug Davidson.

The film is based on the spec by Gary Spinelli and follows Barry Seal, a TWA pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.

Cross Creek will finance the picture, according to Variety. Kim Roth will exec produce and oversee the project for Imagine, with senior VP of production Kristin Lowe overseeing for Universal. Jason Seagrave will oversee on behalf of Cross Creek.

A busy year for Gleeson has seen him star in acclaimed films such as ‘Calvary’, ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Unbroken’ over the past year, while the next 12 months will also see him star in John Crowley’s ‘Brooklyn’ (which screened at Sundance to rave reviews), the revenge thriller ‘The Revenant’ opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and the blockbuster ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

Aisling Franciosi confirmed for ‘Legends Season 2’

Irish actress Aisling Franciosi, best known to Irish audiences for portraying babysitter Katie in ‘The Fall’, has just landed a role in the second series of the US show ‘Legends’.

Franciosi, who has just nabbed her IFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress for ‘The Fall’, will be a series regular as Kate Crawford on the TNT show, which follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an agent on the run for a murder he did not commit.

The troubled Crawford is the child of Chechen parents and according to Deadline, the character is "searching for her own identity".

Other recent roles of Franciosi’s include Ken Loach’s period drama ‘Jimmy’s Hall’, the BBC Drama ‘Quirke’ opposite Gabriel Byrne and the short film ‘Ambition’ alongside Aiden Gillen.

Jason O’Mara set for ‘Jadotville’

Dublin actor Jason O Mara is the latest recruit for Richie Smith’s siege drama ‘Jadotville’, which will star Jamie Dornan in the lead role.

O’ Mara is well known both in Ireland and internationally for roles in UK television series ‘Life On Mars’ and the US television series ‘Sons of Liberty’ and ‘The Good Wife’. He has also had parts in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Criminal Minds’.

O’ Mara will star as Sgt. Jack Prendergast in the drama, which is based off Kevin Brodbin’s screenplay, and follows an Irish military commander in a stand-off with French and Belgian mercenaries in the Congo in the early 1960s.

Jadotville is an Irish-South African co-production and is directed by Richie Smyth. Jamie Dornan, Guillaume Canet, and Mark Strong will also star in the film.

Earlier this year Netflix acquired the worldwide rights for the film. The deal will see Netflix release the film theatrically for an Oscar qualifying run, in addition to distribution on its Internet subscription VOD services.

Alan Moloney (‘Byzantium’) will produce for Parallel Films, with financing coming from the Irish Film Board.

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