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Anticipated all-star movie about 1916 Easter Rising won’t be released until 2017 at the earliest

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The film will feature Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Patrick Pearse (Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

A HIGHLY anticipated film about the 1916 Easter Rising will not reach cinema screens in time for the centenary commemorations of Ireland’s independence this year. 

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The film, entitled The Rising, has been in development since 2012 and will not be released until late 2017, or possibly later.

The film will focus on Sean Mac Diarmada’s role in the 1916 Easter Rising. Mac Diarmada was one of the Rising’s masterminds, and one of the seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation.

The film’s website says: “The movie will be released to a global cinema audience in 2016, the centenary year of the Easter Rising” but The Irish Post has learned that now filming will not begin until late this year at the earliest, meaning it could be 2018 before fans will get to see the finished product.

The Rising‘s co-producer and co-writer, Kevin McCann, is currently attempting to obtain more funding for the homegrown project in the United States.

Speaking to the Irish Post from L.A,  McCann said: “It was unfortunate that we didn’t get it ready for the anniversary but the nature of film financing is changing by the day, it’s been a challenge.”

McCann, director of production company Maccana Teoranta, is a filmmaker born in Northern Ireland and raised in the south of Ireland.

He is working with co-producer Ned Dowd (Apocalyto, Last of the Mohicans) on the ambitious full-length motion picture.

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A promo pic from the movie, taken from its Facebook page 

The project is being supported by Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Film Board.

The casting of the film has attracted much attention so far with big names such as Colin Morgan, star of the BBC’s Merlin confirmed to play the lead role of Sean Mac Diarmada.

Other notable cast members include Johnathan Rhys Meyers, star of both The Tudors and Dracula (who will play Patrick Pearse) and Michael Neeson, son of movie star Liam Neeson, who will follow in his father’s footsteps by playing Cork rebel Michael Collins.

Two major roles have yet to be cast. One is that of lead female character Min Ryan who conducted courier duties during the Rising.

Min Ryan was the partner of Sean Mac Diramada; Mac Diramada wrote in a letter before his execution that “Miss Ryan, had I lived, would have been my wife”.

The role of Rising leader Thomas Clarke is also yet to be filled, McCann told The Irish Post. 

McCann has also secured the services of Riverdance superstar Michael Flatley, who provide one of the songs on the soundtrack the movie. 

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Kevin McCann (right) with Co-Writer Colin Broderick (Source: The Rising, YouTube)

McCann has sent letters to those who contributed to a 2014 Kickstarter campaign, which raised €57,000.

In the letter, McCann stated that upon consolation with his industry peers “it was unanimously accepted that WHEN the film is released is less important than HOW it is made.”

The letter also stated that all attached actors and production partners are supportive of the postponement and agree that it will result in a better film.

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5 comments on “Anticipated all-star movie about 1916 Easter Rising won’t be released until 2017 at the earliest”

  1. Yes!

    Colin. Morgan. That's all they had to say to get me to watch!

  2. Izzy

    It's a pity that he decided to be ambitious and look for additional funding, rather than the small indie project they first envisaged, and that was already funded, otherwise the film would be out and riding in the wave of interest around the world in the Easter Rising
    Having said that am looking forward to see who is cast next and the film itself - whenever that is


    I'm very much looking forward to this movie especially because the amazing Colin Morgan plays the lead role of this story! Colin Morgan's works are always top notch and outstanding. Can't wait!

  4. Martha Rayburn

    I'm a big fan of Colin Morgan and will watch anything he is involved with. I'm also of Irish descent so I find the subject of the film very interesting and would like to learn more about it.

  5. Olivia M

    Can't wait to see this film, glad they focused on quality rather than rushing out something mediocre just to cash in on the timing. Looking forward to seeing Colin Brodericks work on the big screen, having devoured his books already. I'm sure it'll be well worth the wait.


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