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Colin Farrell just lined up his first project under his new Chapel Place Productions label: An adaptation of the Irish crime novel "The Ruin."

He'll play detective Cormac Reilly, who must re-examine a 20-year-old case  involving two children whose mother died of an overdose.

"The Ruin" is Dervla McTiernan's debut novel and the first in the series of books about Reilly, which means it could be a franchise for the "In Bruges" star. The latest novel in the series, "The Good Turn," will be published in 2020.

It's described as a twisting tale that delves into the dark heart of Ireland, examining police corruption and the abuses of the church.

Lee Magiday who worked with Farrell on "The Lobster" and produced last year's Oscar-winning "The Favourite" said she was delighted to reteam with Farrell and his sister and producing partner Claudine.

"'The Ruin' is a brilliant debut — Dervla has created an atmospheric, resonant and intricately woven story with deeply affecting characters. It offers an intimate and compelling view of Galway, a city driven by its history," she said.

[Via THR]