Cork star Cillian Murphy could top list for Birmingham Six film role

Cillian Murphy could be set to star in a movie about the infamous Birmingham pub bombings that resulted in the wrongful convictions of six Irishmen.

Cork star Cillian Murphy could top list for Birmingham Six film role

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has indicated his intention to make a film about the notorious 1974 atrocity, which killed 21 people and injured a further 182 after bombs exploded in two city centre pubs.

It is likely that Cork-born Murphy, who plays the lead role in the Birmingham- based BBC smash-hit drama Peaky Blinders, would be top of Knight’s hit list once the new picture gets underway.

Knight said: “The bombings are a major part of what makes Birmingham the city it is. Birmingham in the 70s was an extraordinary place. The story around the [disgraced West Midlands] Serious Crime Unit would make a film like LA Confidential.”

The picture would also reflect the true-life story of the six Irishmen who became known as the Birmingham Six and who were arrested within hours of the deadly blasts and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The men maintained their innocence and claimed police had coerced them into signing confessions through severe physical and psychological abuse.

After 16 years in prison their convictions were quashed when the Court of Appeal acknowledged they were unreliable.

Speaking about his admiration for Murphy and his perfection of the tricky Brummie brogue in Peaky Blinders, Knight said: “Cillian came with me to the Garrison pub and recorded the voices of all my mates, then spent weeks speaking like a Brummie at home.

“To be fair to the actors, the Brummie accent is one of the very hardest to get right. We had a voice coach visit the set to help, but when they started talking Brummie, I thought: ‘Oh no, even you can’t get it right.’ ”

After recently announcing a third series of Peaky Blinders, which pulled in audiences of about 2.4m, Knight said the best is yet to come.

“The story of the Peaky Blinders is just beginning and in series 3 life will become more lucrative, more dangerous and more international,” said Knight.

“Expect births, marriages, and deaths and a further expansion of the Shelby empire.”

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