Chris O'Dowd and Others Joining John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary'

February 21, 2012
Source: Irish Film & TV Network

Chris O'Dowd

John Michael McDonagh's The Guard was one of my favorite films of Sundance 2011. It carried the same comedic tone and sensibilities as the fantastic 2008 movie In Bruges, which shouldn't be much of a surprise considering that one was written and directed by Martin McDonagh, John's brother. Martin's got a reunion with In Bruges star Colin Farrell called Seven Psychopaths coming up (see first look photos here), and now John is prepping a reunion with The Guard star Brenden Gleeson for his own sophomore film, a dark comedy called Calvary that has gained Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd and even more supporting talent.

The Irish Film and Television Network (via Twitch) reports that O'Dowd (also of "The IT Crowd"), Aidan Gillen ("Game Of Thrones"), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), Isaach de Bankole ("24") and David Wilmot (The Guard) have all signed on in supporting roles. The new film will follow Gleeson as Father James Lavelle, and these supporting actors will torment him as members of his parish. It should be interesting to watch Gleeson shift from the foul-mouthed cop of The Guard to a priest, and the new additions sound solid enough. I'm more excited about seeing what McDonagh can do behind the camera; hopefully he can recapture some of the magic from his first effort. Filming starts in Ireland this September.

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