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23rd May 2024

Colm Meaney cast as Ian Bailey in movie about Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

Simon Kelly

Colm Meaney Ian Bailey

Aidan Gillen has also been cast.

Colm Meaney has been cast as Ian Bailey in the upcoming film about Sophie Tuscon du Plantier.

Re-Creation will be directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In America) and will revisit the unsolved murder of the Ms Toscan du Plantier in the town of Schull, Cork in 1996.

Meaney will play journalist Mr Bailey, the chief suspect in the murder and was arrested twice for questioning.

Bailey died after he collapsed on a street in Cork on in January this year.

The British journalist maintained his innocence in the 1996 murder case which has received significant media attention and been the subject of a number of high-profile documentaries.

Colm Meaney cast as Ian Bailey in movie about Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder

Irish actor Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Kin) has also been cast in the movie alongside Vicky Kreips (Phantom Thread).

Sheridan said of the newly-announced castings, “I am delighted to have two icons of Irish cinema join the cast.”

Re-creation co-writer and co-director David Merriman added, “Colm and Aidan both have starred in some of my favorite films and shows.

“As artists, they both elevate any project, and we are so grateful to have them onboard.”

Variety report that Re-Creation will be inspired by Sydney Lumet’s classic 12 Angry Men and “will question the reality of what happened nearly 30 years ago as a jury debates the real-life facts of the case.

“Examining truth and bias and how narrative shapes our worldview, the film aims to demonstrate why nobody was ever convicted or punished for Toscan du Plantier’s murder.”

This is Sheridan’s second time examining the unsolved case, after his 2021 documentary Murder At The Cottage: The Search for Justice for Sophie.

Sheridan, who had been in contact with Bailey before his death, previously told the Sunday Independent: “To say Ian Bailey died of natural causes is the Irish phrase for 27 years of torture.

“He died of a bad heart, brought on by excessive drinking and smoking, but there was no doubt he had post-traumatic stress from all of this.”

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