Hollywood star Farrell lined up for Cork film

Hollywood A-lister Colin Farrell could soon be a regular fixture on Cork’s social scene if plans for a new film are given the go-ahead.

The superstar actor of such hits as ‘Alexander’ and ‘Intermission’ is set to take the lead role in Neil Jordan’s latest film ‘Ondine’, which may be filmed in Cork later this summer.

A spokeswoman for the Irish Film Board said a deal was close to being struck on the film and confirmed that West Cork was being considered as a possible location for shooting.

Speculation is mounting that the film will be primarily shot in and around Castletownbere and the Beara Peninsula.

Jordan is a regular visitor to the region and purchased Waterfall House, three miles outside of Castletownbere, in the late 90s.

The Sligo native, who is responsible for such Irish classics as ‘Michael Collins’ and ‘The Butcher Boy’ and international hits ‘Interview with the Vampire’ and ‘The Brave One’ has penned the script for the multimillion euro project.

French actress Marion Cotillard is being lined up to portray the mysterious stranger opposite Farrell in the film.

Earlier this year she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in ‘La Vie en Rose’.

The film centres on an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net, whom he thinks is a mermaid, but may in fact be a prostitute.

Castletownbere-based councillor Noel Harrington said the shooting of the film in the area would be great news for the town.

“There’s great excitement at the prospect of the film being shot here. Apparently, houses are being scooped up to cater for the film’s crew during the six to eight-week shoot.

“It’s brilliant news and any support that can be given to the area is very much welcome,” he added.

‘Falling for a Dancer’, in which Colin Farrell made his film début, was also filmed in the area.

The new film will be produced by Octagon Films and is being partly financed by the Irish Film Board.

Meanwhile, Cork-born Nano Nagle is set to be the subject of a new feature documentary called ‘Nano Nagle — The Lady with the Lantern’.

It tells the story of Ballygriffin-born Nagle, who founded the Presentation Order in 1777. It will be filmed on location in Dublin and Wicklow next month.

Article courtesy of The Evening Echo newspaper

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