(Written for BritScene)

British actor Michael Fassbender is to take the lead in a new project written by Ronan Bennettas and based on Irish myth stories, it has been reported this week.

Fassbender, who was last seen in British director Steve McQueen‘s highly acclaimed Shame, has been developing the project with writer Bennett (Public Enemies) who has been working on the project since last year.

Fassbender will star as Cuchulain, the central hero of the Ulster Myth Cycle, one of the four branches of Irish mythology, in the film which has a working title Irish Myths.

Development funding for the film is already in place for the project, which is being produced by the London-based production company set up by Fassbender and Bennett, Finn McCool Films.

No date for filming or a secured director has yet been announced, but we’re sure to hear something more soon.