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Cillian Murphy lines up next role and tackles historical American thriller

Lucy Carol Norris
Lucy Carol Norris

02:02 26 Mar 2024

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Cillian Murphy is already booked and busy following his history-making Oscar win earlier this month.

The Cork native, 47, bagged Ireland's first ever Academy Award for a male actor after he wowed audiences in Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer.

Since then, it was revealed he would produce and star in yet another historical American flick - this time telling the story of the coal mines in 1960s Pennsylvania. 


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Blood Runs Coal will be based on the 2020 book - Blood Runs Coal The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America - by Mark A. Bradley.

It revisits the story of Jock Yablonski, a second-generation coal miner who became an activist in the United Mine Workers union following the death of his father in a mine explosion.

Cillian is reportedly set to play Jock's son Chip in the flick that follows a mission driven by revenge and a want for justice.

The synopsis for the true crime novel outlines: 'In the early hours of New Year’s Eve 1969, in the small soft coal mining borough of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, longtime trade union insider Joseph ‘Jock’ Yablonski and his wife and daughter were brutally murdered in their old stone farmhouse.

Cillian is said to be taking on the role of Joseph Chip Yablonski, pictured left (Credit: AP)

'Behind the assassination was the corrupt president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), Tony Boyle, who had long embezzled UMWA funds, silenced intra-union dissent, and served the interests of Big Coal companies—and would do anything to maintain power.

'The most infamous crimes in the history of American labor unions, the Yablonski murders catalysed the first successful rank-and-file takeover of a major labor union in modern US history.'

When he's not busy exploring coal mining, the Irishman has plenty to keep him on his toes as he begins filming the sequel to 2002 zombie film 28 Days Later - the project that made him famous.

He's also thought to be working on a cinematic adaptation of Peaky Blinders. 

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