Written by Irish screenwriter Mark O’Rowe and directed by Ian Fitzgibbon, whose latest film A Film With Me In It, is currently on release, Perrier’s Bounty will revolve around three unlikely fugitives on the run from a gangster kingpin. In it, Gleeson will play the title character of Perrier, a Dublin gangster desperate to retain his pride and his illegal earnings after the accidental death of one of his loyal lackeys.
Cork-born Murphy will play his arch-nemesis and is one of three fugitives on the run from Perrier.
The film is a co-production between Dublin-based Parallel Films and British company Number 9 Films, headed by Stephen Woolley, who has produced most of Neil Jordan’s films, and Elizabeth Karlsen.
Shot mainly on location in Dublin, it is understood a small number of additional scenes will be filmed in Louth and London.
It will be the fifth film in which Murphy and Gleeson play alongside each other.
The successful pair have already appeared together in the films Sweety Barrett, 28 Days Later, Cold Mountain and Breakfast on Pluto.
Meanwhile another Irish movie star has hit the headlines in recent days.
Colin Farrell has spoken for the first time about his disappointment with the poor reviews and box office sales of Alexander, Oliver Stone’s 2004 film in which the actor played the bleached-blond conqueror.
“It was a film that was made to be seen by many people,” said Farrell.
“Not many people saw it and they weren’t particularly fond of it, and that was shite, it was really shite,” he said.