Aidan Gillen joins James and Lucia as James Joyce!
Aidan Gillen, whose seven-season run on HBO’s epic drama Game Of Thrones hit its apex during Sunday’s equally epic season finale, has been set to play James Joyce in Robert Mullan’s new film James And Lucia. Gillen played the scheming yet somehow likable Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish on GoT, and without giving too much away his character was a key plot point in Sunday’s Season 7 finale that was the series’ most-watched episode ever.
The movie, written and to be directed by Mullan (Mad To Be Normal), centers on the famed Irish writer’s life as he writes Finnegans Wake and his daughter Lucia’s mental health deteriorates. Lucia, a professional dancer, was once treated by Carl Jung and diagnosed as schizophrenic in the mid-1930s; a failed romance with playwright Samuel Beckett was particularly damaging to her.
The film tells of the heroic struggle of the near-blind Joyce to protect and support his beloved daughter. That role has yet to be cast.