Irish Eye on Hollywood:
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is John Doe

Jonathan Rhys Meyers. (Photo: Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons)

By Tom Deignan, Columnist
June / July 2018

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is going “hardcore.” Which means the Dublin star of TV shows like The Tudors and movies such as Stonewall is teaming up with one of the filmmakers behind the controversial 2015 film Hardcore Henry. That film earned much attention (not all of it positive) for being shot almost entirely from a first-person point of view, making it appear as much like a video game as a movie. One of the cinematographers on the film was Fedor Lyass, who will make his directorial debut with Wake Up, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as a mysterious stranger (known as John Doe) who wakes up in a hospital bed with no idea who he is. All he knows is that he is wanted by the police for a string of murders. With the help of a sympathetic nurse, John Doe escapes from the hospital and attempts to clear his name and find the real killer.

Rhys Meyers also recently completed shooting the 19th century period drama The Aspern Papers with Vanessa Redgrave and Joley Richardson, as well as the family drama Holy Lands starring James Caan and Rosanna Arquette. ♦


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