The dream team of Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson could be reunited for the London-Irish director’s next movie.
Martin McDonagh was correct when he prefaced a recent statement by predicting that the Internet was about to go wild.
The London-Irish director and writer, who won a Golden Globe for his latest movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” last weekend, revealed that he aims to bring dynamic Irish acting duo Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell back together, a decade after they both starred in his first feature-length movie “In Bruges.”
"I've been working on one over the past couple of years, something to try and get – I shouldn't really say it because it will go crazy on the internet – something to get Colin and Brendan back together," he said.
"It's not quite right and I don't want to follow up 'In Bruges' with something that is not as good because we were all happy with that.”
The next movie, if and when it eventually happens, will see Farrell and Gleeson cast in a different time and place, potentially taking them back to the Irish Civil War, according to a 2015 interview with McDonagh.
"There are a few things that I think could be exciting either filmically or dramatically about the Easter Rising, or the War of Independence or the Irish Civil War. In fact, I've just been kind of writing something about that,” said the Oscar winner, whose parents are from Co. Sligo and Co. Galway.
"But I'm going to keep working on it and I think it will be west of Ireland set and not set in the present day."
Farrell won a Golden Globe for Best Actor (Comedy) for his role as Ray in 2008’s “In Bruges.” Gleeson was also nominated in the same category for his turn as Ray’s mentor-turned-assassin Ken. McDonagh himself was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay.
After his Golden Globe success, the 47-year-old is being strongly tipped for an Oscar nomination as director and a nod for his screenplay for “Three Billboards,” despite a certain amount of backlash over the movie’s success. He previously won an Oscar in 2006 for his short “Six Shooter,” which also starred Gleeson.
His brother John Michael McDonagh is also a fan of Gleeson’s acting talent, casting him in the main role in his directorial debut “The Garda” and in the follow-up “Calvary.”
“Three Billboards” won four Golden Globes in total with lead actress Frances McDormand taking Best Actress, Sam Rockwell taking Best Supporting Actor and the film winning Best Drama.
Would you like to see Gleeson and Farrell reunited? Which has been your favorite of McDonagh’s films so far?