2015 was a fantastic year for movies, we got excellent surprises (Ex Machina), huge-hitting blockbusters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and some ground breaking film-making (The Revenant). What do these three fantastic films all have in common? They all have the same upcoming, fantastic, Irish talent that is Domhnall Gleeson.
You make recognize this actor as the boring brother of Ron Weasly in the Harry Potter Saga, but since then Domhnall Gleeson has taken the movie industry by storm. He played the lead role alongside Oscar Isaac in the absolutely fantastic Ex Machina early last year. He stole the show playing the timid Caleb who was captivated by the AI, Ava. Ex Machina show cased both Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson superbly, and of course you know they would both go on to star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens later that year.
Later that year, a little movie called Star Wars came out and we knew Domhnall Gleenson was in the movie, but we didn't really know his role. Now most of us know he played General Hux, the dictator-esque character who has a full belief in the Dark Side and plays a completely ruthless man with little remorse. We didn't see tons of him in Episode 7, but we know he won't be going anywhere anytime soon. I'm sure we'll see his full reign of power in Episode 8 as the General of the First Order. This role was great for Domhnall because we got to see a stark difference to his role in Ex Machina which shows his fantastic acting range.
As if he didn't do enough in 2015, Domhnall did the good idea on signing up for The Revenant with masterful director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. The film is hotly tipped to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards and Domhnall Gleeson played a vital role in the beautiful film. Domhnall plays Captain Andrew Henry who leads the expedition with Tom Hardy and Leo DiCaprio. The character he plays is one of justice, equality and a firm belief in being a good man. Once again this role is neither like General Hux nor is it like Caleb from Ex Machina. All three of his roles throughout the year have all been very different and it's near impossible to pick the best.
The Dublin born man is only 32 and his acting career is in full swing. He's got 2016 ready for him to take over, which might not be as groundbreaking as the likes of Jennifer Lawrence or Chris Pratt due to the fact that Domhnall is more shy and modest as an actor. He is the son of the famous Irish actor, Brendan Gleeson (Calvary, The Guard), and I personally think he may be a better actor.
He has one movie in post-production for 2016, and the movie is called Crash Pad. According to IMDb.com, the synopsis is as follows,
"A hopeless romantic who thinks he's found true love with an older woman, only to learn that she's married and that his fling is merely an instrument of revenge against her neglectful husband."
We are unsure of how big his role is in this movie but either way, it sounds great! The cast is pretty decent outside Domhnall, with the likes of: Nina Dobrev (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Christina Applegate (Anchorman) and Thomas Haden Church (Spiderman 3).
He is also quite the stage performer as well as an actor, earning a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for his part in the Broadway production The Lieutenant of Inishmore. He has performed in several shows at Dublin's Gate Theatre, including adaptations of American Buffalo and Great Expectations. He has three brothers, Fergus, Brian (also an actor), and Rory. Just in case your unsure on how to pronounce his Irish name, phonetically it's spelt "doh-nall" with the "m" being silent.
Remind yourself of his acting prowess with the trailer for Ex-Machina:
So guys that's it! It's best to keep an eye out for the Dublin-born actor who has a huge future ahead of him. Comment on your favorite Domhnall Gleeson role!