Cillian Murphy Lands His Next Big Role in “Small Things Like These”

Cillian Murphy in 2019
Cillian Murphy in 2019. Photo by Vianney Le Caer/REX/Shutterstock (6324103ak)

Cillian Murphy is fresh off filming Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, and he already landed his next big role. The Golden Globe-nominated actor will star in the upcoming adaptation of Claire Keegan’s acclaimed novel Small Things Like These for Artists Equity.

Keegan’s novel has been described as Dickensian in scope, and it centers on Bill Furlong, a coal merchant and devoted family man. During the busy Christmas season in 1985, he discovers the startling secrets being kept by a convent that’s controlling his small Irish town.

Small Things Like These will be financed by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Artists Equity, and Murphy can’t wait to join forces with this duo after admiring their work for many years.

“I’m honored and thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Claire Keegan’s magnificent novel to the screen. We have gathered together a phenomenal team of creatives to make this film, and found exceptional partners in AE, a studio led by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck,” said the Peaky Blinders actor in a statement.

Small Things Like These will also star Ciarán Hinds and Emily Watson in supporting roles. Murphy’s longtime collaborator Enda Walsh wrote the script, while Tim Mielants, who previously worked with the actor on Peaky Blinders, is coming on board as a director.