The first stills from Martin McDonagh's upcoming film, 'The Banshees of Inishereen', have been released.
Besides the appearance of some of the cream of Irish acting talent, the West of Ireland scenery looks stunning.
The film follows two male friends on a remote Irish island during the time of the Civil War. With the two men on either side of the war, one of them decides that they cannot be friends anymore.
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson will play the lead roles, 15 years after leading McDonagh's crime/comedy classic 'In Bruges', with Barry Keoghan also set to star.
The Banshees of Inisherin First Look
First look at Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan in Martin McDonagh’s ‘THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN’.
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McDonagh recently spoke to Vanity Fair about 'The Banshees of Inisherin'.
"I wanted it to be as beautiful as possible. To aim for beauty and for cinema. Because if you heard of a story of two guys grumbling at each other, and you didn’t have the epic kind of beauty, it might get a little tiresome. I’ve seen a lot of U.K. and Irish films that don’t seem to aim for the cinema as their number one choice.”
"[Inishmore] has been featured in Irish literature for the last 150 years. It hasn’t really been shown too often in movies—not that part of Ireland."
He also dismissed the potential problem of audiences not being able to understand the movie's Irish accents or dialogue.
“When I’m watching Mean Streets or Goodfellas, I’m hearing 90% of it. I’ll miss some Italian or New York dialogue, every couple of lines—but it doesn't matter. I’m going with it."
“The Irish Civil War was between two sides who, a year before, were on the same side and fighting the British and the British Empire. The tragedy of that war was that everyone was close friends—and then they were killing each other.”