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Aidan Gillen, who’s played the devious, yet occasionally likable, Little Finger for seven seasons of Game of Thrones, is switching gears.

It’s been announced (August 29) he is set to play author James Joyce in Robert Mullan‘s forthcoming biopic James and Lucia, reports Deadline.

The story revolves around the famed Irish writer and his daughter, Lucia, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid-1930s.

At the point in time in the film, Joyce is nearly blind and working on Finnegans Wake. Even so, he has the fight in him to try and protect his daughter as she struggles with mental illness.

Prior to her inner turmoil surfacing, Lucia was an aspiring dancer, with much promise. But after a failed romance with playwright Samuel Beckett things went downhill. Some have even suggested that their one-sided relationship coming to an end may have triggered her breakdown.

This isn’t the first time Lucia’s story will be told. There’s the 2003 biography Lucia Joyce by Carol Loeb Shloss, Michael Hasting‘s 2004 play Calico and the 2016 novel The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs. There’s even a graphic novel, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, by Mary M. Talbot.

Filming is set to begin in 2018 in Dublin, Ireland, but it’s yet to be announced who will take on the role of Lucia.

There’s also talk of Gillen playing Alec Leames in the TV miniseries adaptation of John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, but the casting is still up in the air. If you want more of Gillen, you could always backtrack and re-watch The Wire (2004-2008), where he starred as Councilman Tommy Carcetti, opposite Idris Elba and Dominic West. 

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By Brigid Brown