Protagonist is already reaping reward on John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, which has sold to Alliance-Momentum for UK and Canada and to Transmission Films for Australia and New Zealand.

Isaach de Bankolé (Casino Royale, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly) has joined the cast which includes Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly and Aidan Gillen.

Reprisal Films are producing the blackly comic drama about a priest tormented by his community, which is scheduled to shoot late summer. Producers are Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez Marengo, with Elizabeth Eves is co-producer.

McDonagh directed hit comedy The Guard.