Irish actor Jack Reynor co-starred in one of the highest grossing films of 2014, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and moviegoers will get to see even more of him in the year ahead as he has several high-profile projects set to drop.
Glassland sees Reynor team up with Aussie actress Toni Collette in a drama about an Irish son trying to save his mother from alcoholism because of the destructive effect it’s having on his life. The film premiered to acclaim at last year’s Galway Film Fleadh and it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last week. It’s looking for a distributor, but there’s no question that Glassland will make it in some way, shape or form.
Reynor, born in Colorado to an Irish mother who returned to Co. Wicklow to raise her son when he was two, will also star in Macbeth alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard (release date TBD); further down the line is a role in Jungle Book: Origins, based on the Rudyard Kipling novel and also starring Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Currently Reynor is back in Ireland filming The Secret Scripture with Rooney Mara, based on the book by novelist Sebastian Barry about a woman who spent 50 years in an Irish mental institution. Jim Sheridan is directing, Vanessa Redgrave also stars, and the cast spent several days in Dublin last week filming on Dollymount Strand.
Only 23, Reynor’s career is clearly hotter than hot, but he was happy to return to Ireland to film Glassland last year after Transformers wrapped.
“You come from a $250 million movie where everything is dictated to you and then you do a $500,000 movie where you have all the creative control in the world and you can really craft something you want to make and invest as much as you want into your character and really play it to your own vision. That's what I got to do with this film and it was really great,” he told The Salt Lake Tribune via phone from Dublin.
“It's got a young Irish director, Gerard Barret, who is 26 years of age. He wrote the film and he's a total genius. He's a visionary director and I can't wait to work with him again. I love the character and the plot … I had been away filming a franchise movie for the best part of a year and I really wanted to come home and get back to my roots.”
Working with Fassbender on Macbeth was also an enriching experience, Reynor says.
“It's a really great, great cast. I think everybody was a little intimidated by the fact that we were doing Macbeth so we were really on a very even keel with one another and with not a lot of egos on that movie. We were all just trying to make the best movie we could, and I think it has come out really well,” he said.
On top of all that, Reynor is due to marry his fiancée, Irish model Madeline Mulqueen, later this year.