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Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen to play Irish novelist James Joyce

Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen has been cast as James Joyce in a new film about the Irish novelist.

Robert Mullan’s film James And Lucia will centre around the literary icon as he pens Finnegan's Wake while his daughter Lucia's mental health deteriorates.

In the 1930s, following a failed romance with playwright Samuel Beckett, dancer Lucia was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The role of Lucia has yet to be cast and filming on the project is expected to begin in Dublin and Luxembourg in early 2018.

Irish actor Gillen has most recently appeared on screen as Lord Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish in the hit fantasy series Game of Thrones.

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Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger. Photo Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO

Fans watched the manipulative character finally get his comeuppance in the series seven finale, which aired this week.

Gillen is also set to reprise his role as Janson in Maze Runner: The Death Cure and he has also joined the cast of hit TV series Peaky Blinders.

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