1916 movie shaping up to star Sinéad O’Connor, Shane MacGowan, Brendan Gleeson and…Paul Galvin!

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Sinéad O’Connor is set to play the role of Irish rebel Constance Markievicz in a new movie, it has emerged.

The firebrand singer has joined the cast of The Rising – the first movie on the Irish Rebellion, and she’s not the only famous face we can expect to see on the big screen.

Film maker Kevin McCann revealed that the Irish star could even play the feisty Irish nationalist – and first woman to be elected to the British Parliament but never took her seat.

Sinead O’Connor 1916 Rising movie role is not her first foray into acting, having already starred in Patrick McCabe’s The Butcher Boy.

Eager to cast her in the role of revolutionary Markievicz, McCann told EVOKE.ie she had everything needed.

‘She certainly has the right spirit and is the age to play her, and Sinéad is a true representative of the Irish spirit.’

Set for production next year, the first movie on the infamous 1916 Easter Rising will be released in 2016, the 100-year anniversary of the 6-day rebellion.

Promising to represent the men and the women of the movement equally, McCann said there was no way he could have got Sinead O’Connor on board unless this was the case.

‘Sinéad wouldn’t be involved if I ignored the women of 1916…and I hope to have others on board to play Kathleen Clark, Tom’s wife, and Sean Mac Diarmada’s mother Mary Mc Morrow.’

Other big names that are interested in playing some of the signatories of the Proclamation include Brendan Gleeson, Fionnuala Flanagan and John Hurt.

While filming is expected to begin next year in Leitrim, Belfast, Dublin, and the US, one name that could appear on lights for the first time is ex Kerry footballer and fashionistsa Paul Galvin.

Admitting that he was eyeing up the Bull McCabe lookalike for a role, McCann said: ‘I wouldn’t rule it out. Paul is an Irish man of spirit.’

McCann, who is aware that any historical depiction brings controversy, says he wants to open the debate on 1916, and has chosen Sean MacDiarmada as the hero of the movie.

He believes The Rising’ will complete the trilogy of great films on Irish history, and is the prequel to Neil Jordan’s movie, Michael Collins starring Liam Neeson (1996) and Ken Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley starring Cillian Murphy (2006).

‘We have the support of Seán MacDiarmada’s family, and the families of other leaders such as James Connolly, who was executed alongside Sean MacDiarmada,’ McCann said.

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