Wow – what a combination (and a whole lot of A-list Irish)! Cillian Murphy, Jamie Dornan and Pierce Brosnan will join with director Jim Sheridan for H-Block, the true story of an escape from Belfast’s Maze prison in 1983. The escape saw 38 Republican prisoners flee from the maximum security prison – and only 19 were recaptured.
Irish filmmaker Sheridan has form in the area having helmed In the Name of the Father and The Boxer (alongside My Left Foot, The Field, In America), while Murphy, Dornan and Brosnan all like to play their patriotic trump card whenever they get the chance. This has the potential to be great.
Here’s the synopsis via Deadline:
Thirty-eight prisoners escaped from H-Block with only 19 recaptured. In the escape, one officer died of a heart attack after being stabbed (one of four injured that way). In all, 20 Twenty were injured including being stabbed or shot; one prison officer was shot in the head but survived. The escape was a violent breakout that included hostage taking and ended up being the biggest in both British and Irish history.
The lowdown character-wise:
Jamie Dornan will play an ‘IRA prisoner and orderly who starts discovering weaknesses in the prison. He also is one of the last IRA prisoners to agree to the escape — but leave he does and with a vengeance on the way out.’ Murphy is ‘the head of the ring of IRA prisoners who has earned the respect of the prison guards but now just wants a life of peace’. While Brosnan will play the prison’s warden.
Movies in Focus will keep you posted on this one!