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25th Jan 2024

Barry Keoghan’s next movie is a dark and twisted Irish thriller

Simon Kelly

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“It’s an amazing time to be telling Irish stories.”

Barry Keoghan is set to star in an upcoming thriller focusing on a dark and twisted feud between two Irish farming families, and we can expect it to be in Irish cinemas “very soon”.

Bring Them Down, a debut feature from director Chris Andrews, was originally set to star Paul Mescal, however Keoghan replaced him after he dropped out.

Also starring in the upcoming thriller is Colm Meaney, Poor Things’ Christopher Abbott, Paul Ready and Nora-Jane Noone.

Barry Keoghan starring in thriller about dark and twisted Irish feud

According to the synopsis, Bring Them Down follows Michael (Abbott), the last son of a shepherding family, who lives with his ailing father Ray (Meaney). Burdened by a terrible secret, Michael has isolated himself from the world.

When a conflict with rival farmer Gary (Ready) and his son Jack (Keoghan) escalates, Michael is drawn into a devastating chain of events, forcing him to confront the horrors of his past and leaving both families permanently altered.

Speaking after the film was announced as part of Screen Ireland’s 2024 slate, Keoghan said: “I can’t wait for audiences to see Bring Them Down very soon, and delighted the film is part of the Screen Ireland slate. It’s an amazing time to be telling Irish stories.

“Being able to shoot at home with an Irish crew – who are some of the best in the world – is always incredibly special to me. I’m so proud to see how many new filmmakers and actors are coming out of Ireland, ready to take on the world.”

Keoghan has received widespread praise for his role as Oliver Quick in Saltburn. He is set to star in the Andrea Arnold film Bird, after he left the cast of Gladiator 2.

The Irishman will also star in an as-yet-untitled film from director Trey Edward Shults, alongside The Weeknd and Jenna Ortega.

While there is no concrete release date yet for Bring Them Down, the thriller was highlighted by Screen Ireland beside Cillian Murphy’s upcoming flick which releases next month, so we can expect a release in the next few months.

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