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Friday 20 October 2017

Gleeson hoping US TV role is on The Money

HE has played everything from Irish gangster Martin Cahill to a moody wizard in Harry Potter.

Now, Irish actor Brendan Gleeson is hoping to weave his magic on the US silver screen. The Dubliner will play a power-hungry media mogul in his first attempt at an American TV series.

Gleeson (58) has been handpicked by top US production company HBO to lead the cast in their brand new pilot.

The In Bruges actor will play a greedy media chief in drama The Money, which comes from Deadwood creator David Milch.

Gleeson takes on the role of American patriarch James Castman who is trying to expand his media empire and control his family.

If commissioned for a full season, The Money will mark Gleeson's first US TV series.

The move comes after Gleeson impressed HBO with his portrayal of Winston Churchill in TV movie Into the Storm, for which he won an Emmy Award in 2009.

TRAGEDY

Gleeson will next be seen in John Michael McDonagh's Calvary, alongside Aiden Gillen and Chris O'Dowd.

He recently signed on to appear in Ron Howard's In The Heart of the Sea, focusing on the real life sea tragedy that inspired Moby Dick.

Gleeson has more than his fair share of Hollywood blockbusters to his name.

He fought alongside Mel Gibson as Hamish in 1995's Braveheart. He has also starred in 2004's Troy.

The hour-long pilot is written and produced by David Milch, who is best known for violent western Deadwood

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