Barry Keoghan replaces Paul Mescal in upcoming Irish Drama “Bring Them Down”

The Banshees of Inisherin Pic: Searchlight Pictures

Barry Keoghan has had one crazy start to 2023 – between his Oscar nomination and winning a bafta, he’s now only gone and landed himself a role in the highly anticipated Irish Drama, Bring Them Down.

From one Oscar-nominated Irish actor to another, Barry is set to replace Paul Mescal, having previously been linked to the role.

However, that’s not the only change to take place as American actor Christopher Abbott will also be replacing British actor Tom Burke.

Other names you can expect to see include Colm Meaney, Nora-Jane Noone, Paul Ready, and Susan Lynch.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bring Them Down follows Michael (Abbott), the last son of a shepherding family who lives with his ailing father, Ray (Meaney).

But burdened by a terrible secret, Michael has isolated himself from the world.

“When a conflict with rival farmer Gary (Ready) and his son Jack (Keoghan) escalates, Michael is drawn into a devastating chain of events, forcing him to confront the horrors of his past and leaving both families permanently altered.”

The film will be the feature debut of writer-director Chris Andrews, who previously made the award-winning shorts Stalker and Fire.

Pic: Instagram/Barry Keoghan

Made in conjunction with Fís Eireann/Screen Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), the Irish company Tailored Films will also be among its producers.

While just last week it was announced that Keoghan had been cast as the iconic Billy the Kid in an upcoming film.

“I felt related to Billy in the sense of him being a mummy’s boy, but obviously, I took a different path, turning my circumstances into something positive rather than rebelling against them, Keoghan told Deadline.

“Nevertheless, there’s a soul and a vulnerability to Billy that I think it’s important to bring, to understand him as a real person rather than the myth that he has become.”

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