I think I can safely say that Martin McDonagh is well on his way to long-term success in both the theatrical and cinematic worlds. On the one hand, he's the film world's answer to Anderson Cooper, with ashen hair and bright blue eyes, having the goods to give Clooney a run for his money. On the other hand, he's also immensely talented and increasingly successful. He's gone from being nominated for a Best Play Tony Award for both The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West to having his first foray into film, a short called Six Shooter, land him an Academy Award.

As Martha Fischer reported in March, hot off his Oscar win, Focus Features signed on to produce and distribute McDonagh's first feature effort -- In Bruges. The film follows two hitmen, who will be played by the interesting pair of lust bunny Colin Farrell and Professor Alastor 'MadEye' Moody, aka, Brendan Gleeson, who also starred in Six Shooter. After a hard job in London, the pair hide away in the town of Bruges, getting wrapped up in their own ideals, the people who surround them and a film shoot. Casting must have scoured the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's cast list as both Ralph Fiennes and Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour) join Gleeson. The only other non-alum listed is Belgian actor Jérémie Renier. James Schamus, Focus CEO, claims that the script is "both killingly funny and dramatically affecting." Somehow, I'm feeling inclined to believe him.
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