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Michael Fassbender to play mythological "Conan-like" Irish hero

Feb. 17, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Michael Fassbender, who seems to be on a roll these days, is lining up to play Irish mythological hero Cuchulain, who is from the Ulster Myth Cycle, one of the four branches of Irish mythology. The script was written by Ronan Bennett (PUBLIC ENEMIES) and development funding is already in place.  The pic will be produced by Finn McCool Films, the London based production company set up by Fassbender and Bennett.

I'm not familiar with Irish mythology, so I did some digging to get informed.  It's very interesting and cool, like most mythology, and I dug this gem out of my research that makes me think if they follow this lineage we could be in for one bad ass flick:

"Cuchulain had several magical weapons: his sword, his visor, and his barbed spear, Gae Bulga, which inflicted wounds from which nobody ever recovered. When Cuchulain went into battle, he would go into a frenzy. His cry alone would kill a hundred warriors from fright. His physical appearance—namely, that of a handsome man—changed completely. Cuchulain's hair stood on end, one of his eyes bulged out while the other disappeared in his head, his legs and feet turned to face backward, his muscles swelled, and a column of blood spurted up from his head. His body became so hot that it could melt snow."

This is some Irish mythological badassery and I'm very interested to see what direction they head with this project.  Fassbender can play awesome in his sleep, so I have no doubts or reservations about whether or not he can pull this off.  He just needs the right director to bring it full circle as no one has been announced to helm the project.  I don't know, sounds like a perfect match up for Matthew Vaughn to me, but there's plenty of other talented filmmakers that could handle this.  Let's hope the project gets one of 'em.

Fassbender can next be seen in Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS opening on June 8, 2012.

Extra Tidbit: All right, back to directors. Who would YOU like to see direct this?
Source: Screen Daily

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12:46AM on 02/19/2012

Ooooohoohool...

Bout time us Irish got some respect. This sounds super sweet! Yeah, I'd be game for Mr. Vaughn, someone below mentioned Michael Mann, Ridley Scott, couldn't go wrong they are probably my two favs. Just not someone like Zach Snyder or the flavor of the month in this department...
Bout time us Irish got some respect. This sounds super sweet! Yeah, I'd be game for Mr. Vaughn, someone below mentioned Michael Mann, Ridley Scott, couldn't go wrong they are probably my two favs. Just not someone like Zach Snyder or the flavor of the month in this department...
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12:01AM on 02/19/2012
Cuchulainn is awesome, and I'll see Michael Fassbender in anything.
Cuchulainn is awesome, and I'll see Michael Fassbender in anything.
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9:17PM on 02/18/2012
Sure. I wouldn't mind that.
Sure. I wouldn't mind that.
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1:47PM on 02/18/2012
Rob Zombie should direct! Just kidding. Pretty much every director named below would be a great choice. Good LORD, Fassbender is getting some work. I'm waiting to find out he's playing every single character in this film . . .
Rob Zombie should direct! Just kidding. Pretty much every director named below would be a great choice. Good LORD, Fassbender is getting some work. I'm waiting to find out he's playing every single character in this film . . .
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12:24AM on 02/18/2012
Sounds like Slaine to me, which is great. I guess this is where Slaine was taken from, magical weapons and berserker transformation and all. Danny Boyle would be a good director here.
Sounds like Slaine to me, which is great. I guess this is where Slaine was taken from, magical weapons and berserker transformation and all. Danny Boyle would be a good director here.
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1:00PM on 02/18/2012
Nice choice. Boyle hasn't done anything like this, so that would be pretty badass to see.
Nice choice. Boyle hasn't done anything like this, so that would be pretty badass to see.
3:23PM on 02/18/2012
Agreed, though with the zombie action and slumkid chases, and the heightened reality and the visualization of halucinations, he has what it takes. And he brings a grounded element to his madness. He needs to make more films.
Agreed, though with the zombie action and slumkid chases, and the heightened reality and the visualization of halucinations, he has what it takes. And he brings a grounded element to his madness. He needs to make more films.
4:02PM on 02/18/2012
and Slaine used to go berserk in battle.
and Slaine used to go berserk in battle.
11:04PM on 02/17/2012
extra tidbit: duncan Jones, Darren Aronofsky, Joe Cornish or have it Mel Gibson's Braveheart 2: With a Vengence
extra tidbit: duncan Jones, Darren Aronofsky, Joe Cornish or have it Mel Gibson's Braveheart 2: With a Vengence
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3:10PM on 02/18/2012
ha, yeah Gibson came to mind immediately
ha, yeah Gibson came to mind immediately
9:09PM on 02/17/2012

extra tidbit

Ridley Scott or Kenneth Branagh.
Ridley Scott or Kenneth Branagh.
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4:32PM on 02/17/2012
Extra Tidbit: Any one of Neil Marshall, Kenneth Brannagh, Michael Mann, or Danny Boyle.
Extra Tidbit: Any one of Neil Marshall, Kenneth Brannagh, Michael Mann, or Danny Boyle.
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5:50PM on 02/17/2012
Good choices kind sir. I'll add Nicolas Winding Refn to your list.
Good choices kind sir. I'll add Nicolas Winding Refn to your list.
1:00PM on 02/18/2012
Aside from Boyle, I think Marshall would be a great choice as well. I dug the shit out of Centurion, so it'd be a nice reteaming for Fassbender.
Aside from Boyle, I think Marshall would be a great choice as well. I dug the shit out of Centurion, so it'd be a nice reteaming for Fassbender.