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Colin Farrell lands next lead movie role in Netflix adaptation

April 14, 20242 Mins Read

Colin Farrell has landed his next lead movie role in upcoming Netflix adaptation The Ballad of a Small Player.

Based on Lawrence Osborne’s novel of the same name, the film centres around a gambler who forms an unexpected connection with a stranger while on the run.

Production on the project is expected to start later this year (via Deadline).

“The story follows a high-stakes gambler who decides to lay low in Macau after his past and debts catch up with him. Along the way he encounters a kindred spirit who might just hold the key to his salvation,” reads the official logline for the film.

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All Quiet on the Western Front‘s Edward Berger will direct the feature, with Rowan Joffe on board to adapt the script. Mike Goodridge and Matthew James Wilkinson will join Berger on the producing team.

Elsewhere, Farrell is currently starring in Apple TV+ detective drama Sugar, which follows an American private investigator who tries to uncover secrets surrounding a high-profile disappearance case.

The series also stars The Sandman‘s Kirby Howell-Baptiste, The Office‘s Amy Ryan, Succession‘s James Cromwell and Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn.

Later this year, Farrell will reprise his role as notorious supervillain Oswald ‘Oz’ Cobblepot in Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman spin-off series The Penguin.

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That’s not all, as the Oscar-nominated actor is also set to star alongside Barbie‘s Margot Robbie in an upcoming fantasy-romance film, titled A Big Bold Beautiful Journey.

The anticipated blockbuster is being reported as “an imaginative tale of two strangers and the extraordinary emotional journey that connects them.”

Tom Rothman, the chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Group, said in a statement: “A Big Bold Beautiful Journey by Seth Reiss — together with the superb director Kogonada, the perfect cast of Colin and Margot, and top flight producers Bradley Thomas, Dan Friedkin and Ryan Friedkin — it is a project from heaven.”

The Ballad of a Small Player doesn’t have a release date yet.


Sara Baalla is a freelance news reporter for Digital Spy.

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