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Colin Farrell Reunites (Again) with Yorgos Lanthimos for Iran-Contra Drama

Written by on March 20, 2017 

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His collaborations with Terrence Malick, Michael Mann, and Martin McDonagh have given Colin Farrell some of his best performances, but it was with last year’s The Lobster that we saw a different side of the actor. After putting on a few extra pounds, he perfectly exuded Yorgos Lanthimos‘ dry humor in the dark comedy. They’ve already reteamed for the highly anticipated The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which will hopefully debut at Cannes, and now they’ve got another project in the works.

This time they’ll be heading to the small screen, as Variety reports Farrell will lead a limited series on Amazon series, portraying U.S. marine Oliver North and his hand in the Iran-Contra affair. Taking place in the 1980s under Ronald Reagan, the political scandal involved illegal weapons sales to Iran in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages, the proceeds of which, under North’s guidance, helped to back Contra rebel groups in Nicaragua.

“I’m really excited to be working with Colin again on something quite different to what we have done so far,” Lanthimos said. “I look forward to joining forces with Ben and Nicky, who had an excellent casting idea and saw the potential of the material early on and Amazon, who has embraced the project with great enthusiasm. It makes me very confident and excited to be working on a script which, although based on relatively recent history, feels very fresh and relevant to our times.”

As scripted by Enzo Mileti and Scott Wilson, and produced by Ben Stiller, we’ll be eager to see Lanthimos jump into political territory after tackling certain issues in more subtle ways in his previous work. As we await more details, check out a documentary on the scandal below.


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