Gabriel Byrne

By Andrea Clarke

IRISH actor Gabriel Byrne is set to star in a new drama for American cable network HBO.
The half hour show, In Treatment, sees the Dublin actor play a therapist who is calm, smooth and insightful with his patients but is an angry, self-doubting mess when he goes to his own shrink.
According to sources, HBO has given a five-episode order to the the drama, based on an Israeli series, and the episodes will be treated as one long pilot presentation.
The pay-cable channel broadcast groundbreaking and award-winning shows including Sex and the City, The Sopranos and Six Feet Under.
Law & Order’s Dianne Wiest has been cast as Byrne’s therapist and mentor, while Sex and the City’s Blair Underwood and Alias’ Melissa George will star as his patients.
The Usual Suspects star’s new film, Emotional Arithmetic, with Susan Sarandon and Max von Sydow will close the Toronto Film Festival in September.
The film, shot in Quebec, portrays three children bonding in a detention camp on the outskirts of Paris during World War II. They separate after surviving the ordeal and later reunite as adults at a dinner party in Canada.