The Irish star of the latest instalment in the Star Wars trilogy comes from one of Ireland’s best known acting dynasties, but Domhnall Gleeson has had to keep the script for the highly-anticipated flick under lock and key, even from his legendary actor dad Brendan.
While they are delighted for Domhnall, brother Brian, who is a huge Star Wars fan, said his sibling is being very careful to ensure he keeps the film secrets under wraps.
“He can’t say anything so he doesn’t give me any information,” Brian told the
And About Time star Domhnall even had to keep the news that he had landed the role from his family for several months.
“I didn’t know a thing, he kept it very secret,” added Brian.
Domhnall (31), who has just finished filming new Irish flick Brooklyn with Saoirse Ronan, was confirmed among the leading cast members in May for what is expected to be one of the cinema releases of the decade, Star Wars: Episode VII.
He will join returning stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill who will reprise their roles as Han Solo, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker.
Dubliner Domhnall described getting the phone call from film director J.J Abrams as surreal, but it is not yet known what role he will play in the movie.
“It’s the maddest thing in the world, and I’m just incredibly excited about it,” he said at the time.
Meanwhile, things are going from strength to strength for his actor brother Brian, who will join his former Love/Hate co-star Robert Sheehan in a new feature film.
The movie, Tiger Raid, is set during the Iraq War and will be filmed in Jordan this summer.
“We’ll be starting rehearsals in July and heading over in August,” Brian told the
“It should be a really interesting one to film. Intense but interesting,” added Brian.
Before he starts shooting the upcoming war drama, Brian will appear in another rom-com entitled Standby, starring Jessica Pare, who plays Don Draper’s wife in hit show Mad Men.