Gleeson takes final lead in ‘Zone’

Actor to play American soldier in Greengrass film

“In Bruges” star Brendan Gleeson has been signed on for the final lead role in the untitled “Green Zone” thriller that Paul Greengrass is directing for Universal and Working Title.

Gleeson joins Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan and Jason Isaacs.

The Brian Helgeland-scripted drama is a fictionalized drama inspired by the Rajiv Chandrasekaran book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City,” and the drama focuses on the dichotomy between the Green Zone, where troops are housed, and the streets of Baghdad after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Pic posits that bureaucrats are making policy decisions about the country’s rebuilding even though they’re in a sheltered enclave without a clear view of all that is happening. Pic is shooting in Spain.

Gleeson plays an American soldier in the film. He was previously seen in “Beowulf” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

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