Tuesday 12 December 2017

Brian set to go global with rom-com

HIS brother Domhnall is fast becoming an A-lister and Brian Gleeson is set to follow suit after his new movie was picked up by a global distributor.

The 26-year-old Dubliner filmed the romantic comedy Standby with Mad Men beauty Jessica Pare last year.

In what will undoubtedly be a massive boost for his career abroad, Magnolia Pictures International have acquired world rights to the flick and will release it in cinemas around the world.

Funded by the Irish Film Board, Standby tells the story of Brian's character, Alan, who works at the tourism desk in Dublin Airport and bumps into Alice, played by Canadian-born Pare, an American 
passenger who's waiting on standby.

Audiences discover that the pair were previously in a relationship that ended badly and, eight years on, they decide to get to know each other again in the Irish capital.

It is a feature debut from Irish directors Rob and Ronan Burke of Black Sheep Productions, and it was widely praised when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.


Following in the footsteps of his famous dad Brendan, Brian has been working non-stop in television and film in recent years.

In addition to starring in RTE drama Quirke with Gabriel Byrne, he featured in Stay with Aidan Quinn and had a role in Snow White and the Huntsman, with Hollywood star Kristen Stewart.

This August he will team up with his former Love/Hate enemy Robert Sheehan for a big-budget movie about the war in Iraq.

"It's about two mercenary soldiers there carrying out tiger raids, essentially," Brian said.

The duo will fly to Jordan to shoot the film over several weeks.

Viewers saw the pair go to war in the opening season of Stuart Carolan's smash-hit drama Love/Hate.

"We're going to be friends in this one, so that'll be nice - Robbie is a great guy," Brian told the Herald.

The actor also said he'd love the opportunity to work with his father and brother in a family project.

But he may have to wait a while, as father-of-four Brendan is next scheduled to shoot Adam Smith's Trespass Against Us, alongside Oscar-nominated Michael Fassbender and Killian Scott.

The movie will focus on three generations of the Cutler family, a group of Travellers living in England.

However, there may be a role in store for Brian in his dad's directorial debut, At Swim-Two-Birds, an adaptation of Flann O'Brien's 1939 novel.

It has yet to be filmed, and the cast is reported to include Kerryman Fassbender.


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