Hunger’s Fass­ben­der on fast track to star­dom

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Busy Ir­ish ac­tor Michael Fass­ben­der looks set to join the cast of In­glo­ri­ous Bas­tards, Quentin Tarantino’s war movie set in Nazi-oc­cu­pied France. Brad Pitt stars in the film, which also fea­tures Mike My­ers, Hos­tel direc­tors El Roth (who was in Tarantino’s Death Proof), BJ No­vak (from the US TV ver­sion of The Of­fice) and, it is ru­moured, Si­mon Pegg and Nas­tassja Kin­ski. The movie starts shoot­ing in mid-Oc­to­ber.

Born in Hei­del­berg, Ger­many, Fass­ben­der was raised in Kil­lar­ney, where his par­ents moved when he was two years old. He re­ceived rave re­views at Cannes this year for his por­trayal of dy­ing IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger, which opens here on Oc­to­ber 31st.

Fass­ben­der also fea­tures with Ro­mola Garai and Sam Neill in François Ozon’s An­gel, which opens in the UK to­day, and with Kelly Reilly and Thomas Tur­goose in the Bri­tish thriller Eden Lake, which will be re­leased here on Septem­ber 12th.

Fass­ben­der, who played Ste­lios in 300 last year, is now work­ing on Fish Tank, from Red Road wri­ter­di­rec­tor An­drea Arnold. He plays an enig­matic stranger who moves in with the mother (Kier­ston Ware­ing) of a volatile 15-year-old girl. And Fass­ben­der re­mains com­mit­ted to play­ing Heath­cliff in John May­bury’s im­mi­nent screen treat­ment of Wuther­ing Heights.

Michael Fass­ban­der with Ro­mola Garai in An­gel

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