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21st Mar 2023

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are making Cillian Murphy’s new movie which is filming in Ireland

Stephen Porzio

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It’s based on a novel by Irish writer Claire Keegan, whose story Foster was adapted into the Oscar-nominated An Cailín Ciúin.

As we wait with great anticipation for Christopher Nolan’s epic Oppenheimer to arrive in cinemas, its star Cillian Murphy has lined up a new project – an adaptation of Claire Keegan’s acclaimed novel Small Things Like These.

Deadline reports that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company Artists Equity will finance the project, with the pair serving as producers on the film which is already shooting in Ireland.

Released in 2021, the novel is set in a small Irish town in 1985. It follows coal merchant and family man Bill Furlong (Murphy) in the weeks leading up to Christmas, his most busy season.

“Early one morning, while delivering an order to the local convent, Bill makes a discovery which forces him to confront both his past and the complicit silences of a town controlled by the church,” the book’s plot synopsis reads.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

As well as starring in the movie, Murphy will serve as a producer on it, with Ciarán Hinds (Belfast) and Emily Watson (God’s Creatures) also part of the cast. The adaptation will be directed by Tim Mielants (Peaky Blinders) and will be written by acclaimed writer Enda Walsh (Disco Pigs, Hunger).

This isn’t Keegan’s first story to be adapted for the screen as her 2010 novella Foster served as the basis for the Irish-language drama An Cailín Ciúin, which earned rave reviews and wound up becoming a contender at the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.

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