Hol­ly­wood stars queue up to act in movie of Barry’s novel

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SEV­ERAL Hol­ly­wood A-lis­ters will star in the film adap­ta­tion of The Se­cret Scrip­ture, the 2008 novel by Ti­na­hely writer Se­bas­tian Barry.

Jeremy Irons and Jonathan Rhys Mey­ers will be tak­ing on ‘ prom­i­nent' roles in the film join­ing fe­male leads Jes­sica Chas­tain and Vanessa Red­grave in the big budget pro­duc­tion, which will start film­ing this June in Wick­low and Sligo.

Both Irons and Rhys Me­ters are ex­pected to sign con­tracts in the com­ing days.

Rhys Mey­ers (36) re­turned to the screen af­ter a lengthy ab­sence last year ap­pear­ing in The Mor­tal In­stru­ments: City Of Bones and also play­ing the lead in Sky se­ries Drac­ula.

Academy Award win­ning Irons last fea­tured in Neil Jordan's pe­riod drama The Bor­gias, which was axed by Show­time mid way through its third sea­son in June 2013.

He is also due to star in The Man Who Knew In­fin­ity and is ru­moured to be con­nected to the Man of Steel se­quel.

The Se­cret Scrip­ture project, which has been in the pipe­line for nearly two years, will be en­tirely shot in Ire­land over the sum­mer, with an Ir­ish crew – giv­ing a fur­ther boost to the film in­dus­try as well as the Ir­ish econ­omy.

The movie is be­ing pro­duced by Noel Pear­son, who is be­hind crit­i­cally ac­claimed movies My Left Foot and The Field.

The Se­cret Scrip­ture was re­leased in 2008. The novel is told by Roseanne, who is un­cer­tain of her age and re­counts her jour­ney in asy­lums in Ire­land for over 60 years.

As the story un­folds, au­di­ences dis­cover the why and the how of Roseanne's in­car­cer­a­tion and are also in­tro­duced to the sec­ond nar­ra­tor of the novel, Roseanne's psy­chi­a­trist Dr Wil­liam Grene.

Jeremy Irons.

Jonathan Rhys-Mey­ers.

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