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Monday 5 December 2016

Colin Farrell to return home for movie on homeless Irish football team

Colin Farrell with director Yorgos Lanthimos and actress Ariane Labed at the Irish premiere of The Lobster
Colin Farrell with director Yorgos Lanthimos and actress Ariane Labed at the Irish premiere of The Lobster
Eamon Farrell

Hollywood star Colin Farrell has revealed he's hoping to return to Ireland to make a movie about the Irish homeless football team.

The 39-year-old said the script was ready to go, but they were on the hunt for someone to direct.

"The script is beautiful. Frank Cantrell-Boyce has written an extraordinary script," he told the Herald.

"We just have to find someone who'll fit in as director.

"I'm not sure where we'll be shooting it but some of it will be here," he added.

Meanwhile, the dad-of-two is filming the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

"I'm shooting that now in London. It's a beautiful big world and you kind of slot yourself into it," he said.

Farrell was a major voice in the Yes campaign ahead of the marriage-equality referendum last May and said he was "delighted and relieved" it went through.

"I thought it was a really good launching point for the next generation of teenagers coming up as well and I thought it was an enormous cry to the importance of compassion in society, so I was delighted," he said.

His brother, Eamon Farrell, and his civil partner Steven Mannion, are reportedly set to wed in December 2016. Colin joked he'd be there if he "gets an invite".

The Castleknock native was home last night for the premiere of his new film, The Lobster. Colin plays David in the surreal flick which is set in a dystopian future where single people are taken to 'The Hotel'.

They have 45 days to find a partner there and if they don't they are transformed into animals and taken to 'The Woods'. The films also stars Rachel Weisz and was shot in Kerry.

"I love the west of Ireland, I'm very comfortable there even since my days of Falling for a Dancer, back in the old Beara peninsula," he said.

Lobster won the Cannes Jury Prize earlier this year and hits cinemas earlier this month.

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