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Here's why 2017 might end up being the best year of Colin Farrell's career

He’s pulling his own McConaissance.

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COLIN FARRELL HAS been working solidly as a movie star since the tail-end of the 1990s. In that time, he’s starred in hits like Intermission, In Bruges, Horrible Bosses and more.

But now it looks as though the Castleknock native is about to enjoy his best year yet. Allow us to explain.

Much as Matthew McConaughey reinvented himself as a credible actor during his much-publicised McConaissance, Colin Farrell is in the middle of his own career rebirth.

Farrell has graduated from being an action star and ceased occupying the ‘bad boy’ role. Instead of starring in 1980s reboots, he’s taken to starring in slightly more interesting, idiosyncratic fare like The Lobster, a performance that garnered him a Golden Globe nomination earlier this year.

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When the Cannes Film Festival released its schedule today, Colin Farrell was featured in not one, but two of the films.

Farrell stars in both The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Beguiled.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is directed by The Lobster’s Yorgos Lanthimos and sees Farrell star opposite Nicole Kidman, who is in the middle of her own career resurgence. (The film also stars Love/Hate’s Barry Keoghan.)

Meanwhile, The Beguiled is directed by Sofia Coppola and stars Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.

Two glitzy roles, we’re sure you’ll agree.

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Oh, but he’s not just doing arthouse fare.

Farrell is in talks to star as Holt in the Tim Burton’s live action adaptation of Dumbo. He’s set to star opposite Denzel Washington in Inner City, a legal drama from the writer and director Nightcrawler.

And he’s landed a role in Widows, a star-studded ensemble thriller from director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Hunger) and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.

Serious dramas, weird artsy films and Dumbo? There’s only one man who can do all three.

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‘Tis a far cry from landing on magazine covers for scoring Britney Spears, eh?

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And, yes, there are whispers of “Oscar nomination…”

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Earlier this year, The Ringer hailed him as “one of our most interesting actors” citing his recent film choices.

Colin Farrell’s complete disinterest in being a famous movie star continues to make him one of our most interesting actors.

All hail the Great Farrell Revival of 2017, tbh.

Looking forward to seeing you on red carpet, bud.

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