Our sister site Deadline is reporting that director Jim Sheridan is working on a new film starring a trio of Irish all-stars. Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Pierce Brosnan will star in “H-Block,” which will tell the true story of a group of 38 IRA members who escaped the seemingly inescapable Maze Prison in Northern Ireland in 1983. Murphy and Dornan will play escaping IRA members while Brosnan co-stars as the prison warden.
Sheridan is a six-time Oscar nominee. He previously contended for Best Director and Best Adapted screenplay for “My Left Foot” (1989), the true story of Irish artist Christy Brown (played by Daniel Day-Lewis, who won the first of his three Best Actor Oscars). Then he helmed “In the Name of the Father” (1993) and picked up a trio of bids: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. That film was also based on a true story of the IRA: the Guildford Four, who were falsely convicted of a series of pub bombings. Most recently he contended for Best Original Screenplay for “In America” (2003) about a family of Irish immigrants living in New York City; that film was inspired by the experiences of Sheridan’s own family and co-written by his daughters Naomi Sheridan and Kristen Sheridan.
Jim Sheridan has yet to win an Academy Award, but given his strong track record when telling fact-based Irish stories, perhaps this will be the ticket. And maybe it will also do the trick for Murphy, Dornan and Brosnan, who have never been nominated. Murphy is known for his work in the crime drama series “Peaky Blinders,” as well as Christopher Nolan‘s “Batman” movies in which he played the Scarecrow. Murphy will next be seen in another Nolan film, the World War II drama “Dunkirk,” which opens this July.
Dornan is most famous for his work in the erotic thriller “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but he also appeared in the ABC fantasy series “Once Upon a Time” and earned acclaim for his role as a serial killer in the gritty police drama “The Fall.”
And Brosnan, of course, starred as James Bond in four films from 1995 to 2002. He also played the title character in the 1980s drama series “Remington Steele,” among many other roles over the course of his nearly 40-year career.