Hunger’s Fassbender on fast track to stardom
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