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Michael Fassbender Plans Cuchulainn
He's becoming an Irish myth

18 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Michael Fassbender Plans Cuchulainn

Given that his star has been rising faster than the average rocket, you might expect Michael Fassbender to take advantage of his newfound clout to start developing some projects for himself. Surprise! That’s just what he’s doing, developing a tale based on legendary Celtic warrior Cuchulainn.

The man they call The Fass is working with Public Enemies writer Ronan Bennett to craft a film about the Irish legend, the central character in the Ulster Cycle.

Dating from around the 8th century, and said to take place about two millenia ago, the stories centre on the conflict between the Ulstermen led by King Conchobar and the rest of Ireland, led by Connaught's Queen Mebh. Among Conchobar's best warriors is his nephew Cuchulainn, a man with divinity in his ancestry and amazing fighting skills. No prizes for guessing who Fassbender will be playing, then…

As of right now, it’s still at an embryonic stage, with no director attached. But Fassbender and Bennett have rustled up development cash via their Finn McCool Films production company (named for another hero of Irish legend) and with the main man attached, we’re sure someone will want to try to make it.

Fassbender was last seen in Haywire, A Dangerous Method and Shame and he’ll next crop up in a little film called Prometheus, which can’t get here fast enough. We’ll still have to wait until June 1, though.


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RE: And no Yankee chicks!!!
I wonder what approach they'll go for; some of the stuff is bonkers such as Cuchulains berserker rage where his body turns in his skin. Also I think the two bulls are supposed to be reincarnations of gods who were pre destined to fight to the death. More

Posted by Woger at 15:55 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

And no Yankee chicks!!!
I don't care how genuine an accent they can do - there are plenty of fit Irish birds!!! I can't wait to see a movie with Queen Medbh - "we have an agreement then. Let's shag on it" :) More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 18:19 on 20 February 2012 | Report This Post

Epic Awesomeness!!!
And hopefully the fact that his company is named Finn McCool is a portent of a trilogy to come after Cuculainn. As to Fassbender being too old - that wouldn't be an issue - it isn't meant to be historical fact after all plus Culculainn's mother was pregnant with him for 9 nine years so age could just be a metaphor - dying at 17 just an arty way of saying before his time. Bnicolson50, I'm right with you on the language. However, it couldn't just be Irish - it would have to be the Gaelige of t More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 18:06 on 20 February 2012 | Report This Post

Bit old for it isn't he?
The Táin would make a great movie but Cú Chulainn was 17 when he died. More

Posted by Gaughranorama at 13:02 on 20 February 2012 | Report This Post

really empire...
A 'northern' Irish legend?... Its an Irish legend full stop. Long before that border existed Ireland was and still is one nation. The Ulster Cycle ie the story of Setanta ie CúChulain is one such tale from that great nation of Ireland. The province of Ulster also containing Cavan and Donegal which are 'southern' counties... I know you're a united (soon to be divided if the Scots get there say) kingdom magazine but at the very least respect the Irish legends for what they are, partitionless... A More

Posted by Greagoir at 23:42 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

Ríastrad warpspasms ahoy......
in the right directors hands this could be fekin epic! More

Posted by papalupara at 11:11 on 19 February 2012 | Report This Post

good good
great news,great actor,great story. i hope its based on the book on ravens wing. Cuchulain was the original wolverine who flew into berserker rages and preffered his own company. he was also known as the hound of ulster, i always found it funny that loyalist death squads in ulster have murals on their walls of him when his whole deal was protecting ireland from invaders,ironic eh? anyway hope it works out for fassbender cuz he is a gooden. More

Posted by elsquig at 18:21 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

good good
great news,great actor,great story. i hope its based on the book on ravens wing. Cuchulain was the original wolverine who flew into berserker rages and preffered his own company. he was also known as the hound of ulster, i always found it funny that loyalist death squads in ulster have murals on their walls of him when his whole deal was protecting ireland from invaders,ironic eh? anyway hope it works out for fassbender cuz he is a gooden. More

Posted by elsquig at 18:21 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

At last!
Finally someone has copped the fact that Irish mythology would make an epic movie. I really hope they make the brave decision to film it entirely in the Irish language. More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 18:20 on 18 February 2012 | Report This Post

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