Irish actor Brian Gleeson (Love/Hate) has been cast alongside Aidan Quinn and US actress Taylor Schilling in the feature film ‘Stay’, which is currently shooting in Galway.
Gleeson will play the role of Liam in German director Wiebke von Carolsfeld's Irish-Canadian character study, based on Vancouver-based poet and acclaimed writer Aislinn Hunter’s debut novel of the same name.
The 24-year-old actor is currently filming his scenes in Galway, which he will complete by early next week. Son of Brendan Gleeson (The Guard) and brother of Domhnall (Sensation), Brian is best known for the role of Hughie Power in the first season of ‘Love/Hate’ for RTÉ. He has also appeared in ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’, ‘Wake Wood’ and ‘Single-Handed.’ He will next appear in Lance Daly’s ‘Life’s A Breeze’
’Stay’ centres on Abbey (Schilling), a young Canadian woman living in a village outside Galway who returns home to Canada after learning that she is pregnant and that the father has no interest in keeping the baby.
The film is the latest Irish-based role for Irish-American actor Quinn who previously starred in the IFTA-winning 'Eclipse', for which Quinn took home the Actor in a Supporting Role award in 2010, and 2003’s ‘Song For a Raggy Boy’, which was filmed in Dublin, Cork and Spain, and directed by Irish filmmaker Aisling Walsh (Wallander).
Quinn also starred alongside Liam Neeson in Neil Jordan’s 1996 biopic ‘Michael Collins’, as well as taking the lead in his brother Paul Quinn’s 1998 feature ‘This Is My Father’, which is set in 1930’s Ireland.
Schilling is best known for playing Zac Efron’s (17 Again) love interest in Scott Hicks’ romantic drama ‘The Lucky One’.
Dublin’s Samson Films is co-producing with Canadian-based production companies Amerique Films and Submission Films. David Collins and Martina Niland are producing for Samson, with Martin Paul-Haus producing for Amerique Films and Andrew Boutilier for Submission Films.
The Galway production will move to Montreal next week for one week of filming, with it scheduled to wrap on July 14. Post-production will take place in Canada.
The film is financially supported by the Irish Film Board, Alliance Films, Telefilm Canada & Sodec (the film financing agency of Quebec). It received €300,000 from the IFB in the last round of funding.