Latest in series of roles for Irish thesp

Relative newcomer Jonathan Rhys-Meyer is set to join Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich and Jewel in Ang Lee’s “To Live On” for Good Machine and Universal Pictures.

Good Machine’s James Schamus scripted the adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s novel “Woe to Live On.”

The Irish native will take on the role of Pitt Mackeson, described as a vicious and not-too-bright young thug in the Civil War-era Western. Pic tells the story of two young men (Ulrich and Maguire) whose lives are permanently altered during the denouement and aftermath of a year of fierce guerrilla warfare on the Kansas/Missouri border.

Rhys-Meyer recently wrapped a spate of roles, including Todd Haynes’ “Velvet Goldmine,” Michael Radford’s “B. Monkey” and Sarah Goldbacher’s “The Governess.”

The thesp made his feature debut with a bit role in “A Man of No Importance” in 1994. He segued into meatier roles in such films as Neil Jordan’s “Michael Collins,” the TNT telefilm “Samson and Delilah,” HBO’s “The Maker” and Guy Freland’s feature “Telling Lies in America.”

Rhys-Meyer is repped by Sharon Sheinwold and Allison Band of United Talent Agency.

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