Tom Cruise to star in 1916-set Far & Away Sequel
Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise has announced at a press conference in Los Angeles the surprising plans for a sequel to his 1992 epic Far & Away. Wildcard Distribution have secured the international rights to the as yet unnamed followup, which will shoot in Dublin later this year. Cruise’s former wife Nicole Kidman, who starred alongside him in the original, is not expected to be involved in the sequel, however, Saoirse Ronan has been confirmed to star as his daughter. Listen to Tom’s full announcement below.
The star posed for photos with a number of luminaries from the Irish film industry as he spoke of the chance gift of a “Certificate of Irishness” on his visit to Dublin two years ago that put in motion plans for the sequel.
Exact plot details for the new film are being kept firmly under wraps but Cruise did reveal that it will focus on his character Joseph O’Neill’s return to his native land to fight alongside the heroes of the Easter Rising. It’s set to begin filming in later this year for release in time for the centenary of the proclamation of the Irish republic in April 1916.
Far & Away, which was directed by Ron Howard, received a mixed reception from both critics and audiences, with Cruise and Kidman’s attempts at the native lilt being derided by many as the worst Irish accents ever put on film. At the press conference in Dublin, Cruise promised to “get the accent right this time” and revealed he’d been practicing by watching a lot of Irish shows including Mrs. Brown’s Boys, of which he is an avid fan.
Listen to some exclusive audio of the announcement below:
This news of course is an April Fools although there’s a little part of us that wishes it was true!!!