Oscar-director Steve McQueen told how he was "honored" to work with two of Ireland's leading actors, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell, in the next thriller, Vaduva.
The film tells the story of a group of women who make a rape after their murderers are murdered in a police shootout.
Neeson plays one of his spouses (his wife, Veronica Rawlins, is played by Viola Davis), while Farrell plays the role of Irish-American politician Jack Mulligan.
"Liam and Colin are amazing actors and have done a great job in Hollywood for a very long time," said McQueen, who also directed the 12-year-old A Slave.
"I was honored to be able to work with them, especially in Chicago, where there is an Irish foundation."
McQueen was particularly impressed by Farrell, who improvised many scenes with his father, Robert Duvall.
"Robert Duvall and Colin were so amazing to work with them. They were like two musicians, just jerks," he told RTE Entertainment.
"Many things that they would imply in the film were improvised."
Widows, to be released this month, has received almost universal positive praise from critics and currently has a 96pc rating on the Rotten Tomatoes film magazine site.
The film – which McQueen co-wrote with director Gillyan Flynn – is also Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya and Elizabeth Debicki.
Meanwhile, a new trailer for another Neeson movie has been released.
Queen Ballymena will perform alongside Brendan Gleeson, Tom Waits and James Franco in the new anthology film, The Ballad Of Buster Scrugs.
Each "chapter" of the film tells a different story about the American West.
He has already won Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.
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