Brendan Gleeson joins "The Guard"

Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:18am EDT

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LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Brendan Gleeson is teaming with "Ned Kelly" screenwriter John Michael McDonagh to star in McDonagh's "The Guard," an Irish-set comedy thriller also featuring Don Cheadle, Mark Strong and Liam Cunningham.

Shooting on location in Ireland, the film details the story of an unorthodox Irish policeman (Gleeson) who joins forces with a straitlaced FBI agent (Cheadle) to take on an international drug-smuggling gang.

Gleeson's character is billed as a small-town cop with a confrontational personality, a subversive sense of humor, a dying mother, a fondness for prostitutes and no interest whatsoever in the international cocaine-smuggling ring that has brought FBI agent Wendell Everett to his door.

Written and directed by McDonagh, the film also stars Fionnuala Flanagan, David Wilmot, Rory Keenan, Pat Shortt and newcomer Katarina Cas.

(Editing by SheriLinden at Reuters)

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