Jonathan cast in The Rising: 1916

Jonathan has been cast in a new project “The Rising”. He’s set to portray Padraig Pearse, one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916, who was later tried and executed. The film is still seeking financing and distribution and is scheduled to go into production in 2016. More details from Anglo Celt:

Rhys Meyers cast in The Rising
Friday, 4th September, 2015 12:59pm

Belturbet filmmaker Kevin McCann has just announced the casting of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Padraig Pearse and Fiona Shaw as Countess Markievicz in their feature moving ‘The Rising’ to be released next year as part of the centenary celebrations.

He told the Celt today: “It’s an exciting time as we launch the rebranding of the movie this weekend in the closing days of pre-production.”

The team behind upcoming 1916 movie, set to be filmed at locations across the Border region, was in London in recent weeks selecting a studio distributor to take the film forward.

The latest step in the pre-production process, producer McCann of Belturbet-based Macanna Teoranta has returned to Europe to seal the deal following the conclusion of a successful six-city US tour, during which the historical drama garnered backing from international investors.

It follows the recent announcements of the involvement of screen stars Brendan Coyle from Downton Abbey, who will take on the role of British politician Augustine Birrell and Scottish actor David O’Hara, who will play James Connolly.

Michael Neeson will, meanwhile, follow in his father’s footsteps by taking on the role of Michael Collins with Colin Morgan cast as Sean MacDiarmada, the Leitrim-born revolutionary around whom the events of ‘The Rising’ film are centred.

“Distribution is a key aspect to any film,” McCann explains. “We should be in a position to announce that side of things in the coming weeks.

“Things are very much on track. The team and myself are very confident about the film and where we are with it.”

The Irish Film Board has, thus, far allocated a development fund of €14,200, while Northern Ireland Screen also provided partial funding, with an online Kickstarter campaign bringing in more than €45,000 from 35 countries.

“We need people to get behind this project. We’re making history here. I’ve known it since the day I started researching in 2012. Other countries and cultures rightly celebrate their heroes in cinema over and over again. Can you imagine Americans not wanting to talk about 1776?

“What is most pleasing is the script itself has been received positively. Other 1916 scripts had been bandied about for years and one of the reasons they didn’t get made is because the support wasn’t there. When you get people like David O’Hara and Liam Neeson, the likes of Fiona Shaw reading your script and saying they love it, you’ve achieved something, and you at least hope you’re on the right track,” he says.

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Possible new TV miniseries project for Jonathan

Thanks to actor Mark Rolston on Twitter, there’s strong indications that Jonathan is taking part in remake of the 1997 epic miniseries “Roots”. It’s currently filming in New Orleans and will be airing in 2016 across History, A&E Network and Lifetime channels. It’s set to be an 8 hour miniseries airing over 4 nights. It’s not yet clear what role Jonathan is playing in the remake.

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First Footage of London Town to be shown at Toronto Film Festival

More TIFF news. The highly anticipated “Stonewall” is premiering this Friday at the Toronto Film Festival so reviews will be forthcoming. And from Screen Daily comes word about “London Town” seeking distribution:

TIFF buyers hear call of ‘London Town’
14 September, 2015 | By Jeremy Kay

EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment/Radiant Films International are handling international sales here via their new partnership on London Town starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer.

Radiant president and CEO Mimi Steinbauer is showing first footage to buyers at London House on the 1970s-set story of a teenager whose life is changed forever when he first hears The Clash.

ICM Partners and CAA represent North American rights to the film, which is in post and also stars Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott, Natascha McElhone and Tom Hughes.

Kirsten Sheridan co-wrote the screenplay with Sonya Gildea and Matt Brown, whose The Man Who Knew Infinity premieres in Toronto.

Derrick Borte directs London Town, while Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film produces alongside Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions in association with WeatherVane Productions.

London Town producers have also secured rights to The Clash songs including White Riot, (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais and Clampdown.

Steinbauer made the announcement on Sunday with Cargo CEO and managing partner Marina Grasic.

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers joins new project Shambhala

Lots of cool news out of the Toronto Film Festival… first up, information on Jonathan’s next film “Shambhala”. From the Hollywood Reporter:

TIFF: Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins ‘Shambhala’ (Exclusive)
by Alex Ritman 9/11/2015 12:29am PDT

Carnaby is handling sales on the Himalayan survival drama, from newbie Aussie director Summer Nicks.

The Jonathan Rhys Meyers comeback has official begun.

The Irish heartthrob, arguably best-known for his starring role in TV’s The Tudors, has a major role in Roland Emmerich’s gay rights drama Stonewall, which debuts at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 18 and rolls out worldwide later this month, and is starring in upcoming cold war spy thriller Damascus Cover alongside John Hurt and Olivia Thirlby, which was shopped to buyers in Cannes. Now Meyers has landed another leading role, signing on to star in Shambhala, a survivalist drama set in the Himalayas.

The feature, set to begin shooting this fall, was written by emerging Australian filmmaker Summer Nicks, who will also direct.

Meyers will play the lone survivor of a plane crash in the Hindu Kush mountain range in Northern Pakistan. Hit with sudden amnesia, he must fight to stay alive and reach civilization in a remote, unfamiliar land.

Xeitgeist Entertainment Group, the Singapore/Australia-based banner behind Damascus Cover, is producing Shambhala on a $3.5 million budget.

“It’s a beautiful journey, a hero’s journey,” said Xeitgeist’s co-founder Mark Montgomery. “Our character has lost his memory, but is rescued by a brother and sister who live in this remote region.”

Joining Rhys Meyers will be Australian/Indian actress Pallavi Sharda, who recently shot Lion with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman; and Homeland actor Akshay Kumar.

“We’ve got a really sensitive, intelligent actor in Rhys Meyers,” Montgomery said. “With all the problems he’s faced, what the press said about his troubles, we can definitely work with this guy. We’re backing Jonathan.”

Xeitgeist plans to shoot on location near the Himalayas as well as in Singapore.

“The locations are challenging, but really spectacular,” said Xeitgest CEO Joe Thomas. “Shambhala is a provocative, moving story and we’re very excited to be putting it into production.”

Xeitgeist is also behind Matt Brown-directed biopic The Man Who Knew Infinity, starring Patel and Jeremy Irons, which will have its world premiere in Toronto Sept. 17. Together with Damascus Cover and Shambhala, this relatively new banner is amassing a a decent slate of titles.

“Every product that we do has some component of east and west,” Montgomery said. “We’re crossing talents from different continents and different cultures and putting them together to come up with something that we think is kind of unique.”

Another focus for Xeitgeist — which also has TV projects in Australia — are historical biopics of individuals who had some major affect on humanity. “Great stories of people, forgotten in time, that are impacting the ways that we live today, that’s what we’re looking for,” Montgomery said.

London-based Carnaby Sales & Distribution, which worked with Xeitgest on Damascus Cover, is handling international sales for Shambhala and will be introducing the project to buyers at TIFF.

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