Game of Thrones’ Season 7 finale saw Aidan Gillen’s skulking schemer Lord Peytr “Littlefinger” Baelish get knocked off his ladder of chaos (due to circumstances we won’t cite). However, just on the heels of that comes a report of one of Gillen’s next roles. True to the actor’s Irish origins, he will next tackle the biopic James and Lucia, in which he will play one of Ireland’s most revered 20th century figures in the novelist James Joyce.
Aidan Gillen will headline James and Lucia, reports Deadline. Gillen’s starring role as James Joyce – the author of early 20th century influential avant-garde classics such as A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses and Finnegans Wake – will see him play opposite the uncast figure of James’s daughter Lucia Joyce. Her life was plagued by an array of physical health issues, as well as mental ones, stemming from failing eyesight and her tumultuous romance with playwright Samuel Beckett, which lead to schizophrenia; an ailment for which she diagnosed and treated by monumental psychiatry figure Carl Jung in the mid-1930’s. Consequently, James and Lucia will see Gillen depicted in a capacity atypical to his characters as an earnest, protective and supportive parent.
While Game of Thrones may serve as Aidan Gillen’s wider claim to fame, he’s been a staple of television and film well before its existence. Indeed, fans of HBO’s The Wire will more likely refer to his four-season run as Thomas Carcetti, an idealistic-but-ambitious Baltimore councilman-turned-mayor. He’s fielded TV runs on Quantum Break, Charlie, Mayday, Identity, Dice and Queer as Folk, with film roles in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Dark Knight Rises and even played a mad bomber who battled John Cena in 2009’s 12 Rounds. Before James and Lucia, we’ll next see him back on the small screen fielding a recurring role in the upcoming Season 4 of BBC’s Peaky Blinders. He’s also booked to reprise his film role in sequel Maze Runner: The Death Cure.
James and Lucia will be written and directed by Robert Mullan, known from films such as Gitel, We Will Sing and Laiskai Sofijai. The helmer’s most recent film, Mad to Be Normal, was released in early 2017, showcasing former Doctor Who star David Tennant as an unconventional Scottish psychiatrist in the 1960s. Mullan also serves as a producer through his Sisyphus Films, joined by Shoreline Entertainment’s Morris Ruskin and Jesus Gonzalez’s Calach Films.
James and Lucia is looking to begin rolling cameras in locations such as Dublin and Luxembourg in early 2018.
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