Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play Irish revolutionary Padraig Pearse in The Rising
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play Irish revolutionary Padraig Pearse in The Rising

CORK actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the latest star to add his name to the highly anticipated The Rising movie.

Best known for his roles as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors and more recently as the world's most famous vampire in Sky Atlantic's Dracula, Myers has a huge international fanbase and aBest Actor Golden Globe under his belt for for playing the King of Rock n' Roll in the miniseries Elvis. 

Scroll down to see the cast of The Rising so far...

His film career has included roles in  films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and he's been the face of  Hugo Boss fragrance advertising campaigns.

Rhys Meyers will play Padraig Pearse, the writer and revolutionary who became the spokesperson for the 1916 Rising.

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The Rising is first motion picture about the events surrounding 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland's War of Independence. 

It is currently in development by the Irish writer and film producer, Kevin McCann and will be relesaed to coincide with the the centenary year of the Easter Rising in 2016.

Check out the confirmed cast of The Rising so far: 

 

Fiona Shaw: Countess Markievicz

Legendary Cork actress Shaw will play the Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil politician, revolutionary nationalist, suffragette and socialist Countess Markievicz.

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Markievicz was famously the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, although she refused not take her seat. Shaw trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of a contingent of actors to emerge from the college who were considered 'new wave'.

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Michael Neeson: Micheal Collins

This is newcomer Michael Neeson's debut feature movie role.

He is reprising the role his father Liam Neeson made famous twenty years ago in that other great epic Irish movie Michael Collins. 

Collins, nicknamed 'The Big Fella' was opne of the key figures in the Rising.

Collins was killed in an ambush en rote to Cork in 1922.

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Brendan Coyle: Augustine Birrell

Brendan Coyle was born in Corby, Northamptonshire to an Irish father and Scottish mother; his parents moved to Corby from County Tyrone, Ireland.

Brendan holds Irish citizenship and has previously lived in Dublin and London.

He is best know for his role as Mr Bathes in ITV's hugely successful period drama Downton Abbey.

Barrister Birrell was an English Liberal Party politician, who was Chief Secretary for Ireland from 1907 to 1916.

Birrell was important in the move to allow Irish tenant farmers to own their property and for extending university education for Catholics.

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Colin Morgan: Sean MacDiarmada

Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish film, television, theatre and radio actor best known for playing the title character in the BBC fantasy series Merlin and Leo Elster in the 2015 Channel 4 sci-fi series Humans.

One of Ireland's hottest talents, Morgan made his West End theatre debut in 2007 to critical acclaim as the title character in DBC Pierre's Vernon God Little.

He went on to appear in the London theatre productions Pedro Almodóvar's Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) in 2007, Thomas Babe's A Prayer for My Daughter in 2008, Pedro Miguel Rozo's Our Private Life in 2011 and Jez Butterworth's Mojo during 2013 and 2014.

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