It wasn’t that long ago that most of us hadn’t even heard of the 21-year-old American born Irish actor but Hollywood is a fast paced place and now Jack is one of the most buzzed about young stars around. He’s winning acclaim for his work in Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did, has landed the lead role in Transformers 4 and his name is being linked to a host of high profile movies.
One of Jack’s first major roles was in Kirsten Sheridan’s Dollhouse and her father Jim Sheridan is a huge fan of the actor. I spoke to Jim last week at the Oscar Wilde: Honouring The Irish In Film pre-Oscars event and while he was reluctant to compare Reynor to Farrell, he thinks Jack is comparable to another major movie star.
“Jack Reynor is good but I think he’s different to Colin. He’s the new George Clooney really. He’s different to Colin. Jack is a bit of a star though. I’m amazed by how many great young actors there are coming out of Ireland like Saoirse Ronan, Jack, Robbie Sheehan. It’s fantastic.”
High praise indeed from the man who directed Daniel Day Lewis to his first Oscar!
Reynor has also been linked to the role of Four/Tobias in the big screen version of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, which is set to become the next big teen franchise. [Think The Hunger Games rather than Twilight.] One of his competitors for the part is Alexander Ludwig, although the Canadian actor didn’t seem to think so when I spoke to him at the Montblanc and UNICEF Signature for Good 2013 charity brunch over the weekend.
“It’s a great role and I have read for it but I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I am really interested in the part but the movie may be too similar to the Hunger Games so we’ll see.”
Wise words or just a young actor covering himself in case he doesn’t get the part? Who knows, but either way it looks as if Reynor is unstoppable for now.