Hollywood’s fastest rising star will return to his Irish roots as ScreenDaily reports that Michael Fassbender will star in Irish Myths, a new project he is developing along with writer Ronan Bennett (Public Enemies). The actor will star as Cuchulain, an Irish mythological hero who appears in the stories of the Ulster Cycle, as well as in Scottish folklore.
Often referred to as the “Hound of Ulster”, Cuchulain is comparable to the Greek hero Achilles in that it was prophesied that his heroic actions would give him everlasting fame, but that his life would be a short one. He is also known for his intense battle frenzy which turn him into an unrecognizable monster who knows neither friends nor foes.
This certainly sounds intriguing, at least from a folklore perspective. No director is attached as of yet but development funding is already in place with Fassbender and Bennett producing through their own company, Finn McCool Films. Fassbender had a fantastic 2011 year with his acclaimed turn in X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre and Shame. He will next be seen in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic Prometheus.
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