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Calvary and The Guard characters to return

1 of 1 Gleeson and McDonagh - To work on third film together
Gleeson and McDonagh - To work on third film together

Calvary and The Guard director John Michael McDonagh has told RTÉ TEN that some of the characters from both box office hits will return in his next film with Brendan Gleeson, the London-set The Lame Shall Enter First.

McDonagh has described Gleeson's character in the film as an "abusive paraplegic" who is trying to solve the murder of one of his friends.

In an interview with RTÉ TEN, McDonagh said of the film: "It's still only in my head at this stage. I'll probably write it next summer, and shoot it the following year. It'll be a black comedy/detective story."

He continued: "Brendan will be the lead, and I'll bring back a few of the characters from the first two films, like Inspector Stanton (Gary Lydon) and the IRA man, Colum Hennessey (Pat Shortt)."

"I'm also hoping to get [Calvary star] Kelly Reilly to play a sexy psychiatrist. I think all red-blooded men will want to see Kelly in that role," he jokingly added.

Having previously said that Gleeson would need to develop his upper body strength for the role, McDonagh was asked by TEN if the actor had talked to him about the gym work necessary.

He replied: "No. He's probably thinking that if I don't mention it again, it'll go away. But it won't.

"He'll have to start heading down to the gym pretty soon. He likes going for a swim, but this'll be a whole other ballgame."

Calvary is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Read the full interview here.

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