Meyers and Irons join Jessica Chastain in Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture
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Meyers and Irons join Jessica Chastain in Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture

IRISH actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers is the latest cast member to join the film adaptation of Sebastian Barry's novel The Secret Scripture.

The 36-year-old star of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones has been cast, alongside Jeremy Irons for the much anticipated drama.

It is believed that Meyers and Irons will both take on big roles, but it is not yet known exactly what characters they have been lined-up to play.

Barry’s novel The Secret Scripture was nominated for the Man Booker Prize in 2008 and it tells the story of Roseanne, who recounts her journey through Ireland’s asylums over a period of 60 years.

Filming begins in June, and will be shot entirely in Ireland with an Irish crew.

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Academy Award-winning Irons will welcome this news, as the actor lives in Kilcoe Castle in west Cork with his Dublin-born wife Sinead Cusack.

The 65-year-old star of forthcoming Man of Steel sequel, The Man Who Knew Infinity, was made an honorary Corkman in January this year, receiving the award from fellow west Cork resident and Chariots of Fire producer, Lord David Puttnam.

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) – who will be filming in Ireland for the second time in three years - and Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) are also set to join the production.

The film is being produced by Noel Pearson, responsible for the critically acclaimed movies My Left Foot and The Field.