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Steven Spielberg has expressed an interest in making a film about Daniel O’Connell after learning about him while researching his film on Abraham Lincoln, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan has said.

Spielberg who has expressed his keenness to film in Ireland again apparently discussed the possibility of making a film about the man who won Catholic emancipation with Daniel Day Lewis who worked with the director on the movie, Lincoln.

Deenihan said

“I certainly think there is a major film in O’Connell – I recently met Stephen Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis and I mentioned O’Connell to them and gave them Prof Patrick Geoghegan’s book on O’Connell and they had already discussed it before I mentioned it which is very encouraging.

“Nothing is certain but the success of Lincoln makes a stronger case for O’Connell who was a friend of Frederick Douglas, who was an influence on Lincoln – it would have an international appeal given O’Connell’s role in the anti-slavery campaign as well as in both Jewish and Catholic emancipations.”

Read more here http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/spielberg-interested-in-making-film-about-daniel-o-connell-1.1520357

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