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Colin Farrell Tapped to Play Oliver North for Amazon's Iran-Contra Show

Oliver North, a decorated U.S. marine and a Fox News commentator, was at the center of the scandal over the sale of weapons to Iran

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    In this combination photo, actor Colin Farrell, left, appears during a portrait session, on May 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Lt. Col. Oliver North appears before a congressional committee holding hearings on the Iran-Contra affair on Capitol Hill in Washington. Farrell is slated to star as Oliver North in a limited series from Amazon. The man who directed Farrell in the film "Lobster," Yorgos Lanthimos, has been tapped to direct the untitled, one-hour series that will cover the Iran-Contra scandal.

    Colin Farrell is slated to star as Oliver North in a limited series from Amazon.

    Yorgos Lanthimos, who directed Farrell in the film "Lobster," will direct the untitled, one-hour series that will cover the Iran-Contra scandal. Ben Stiller is among the executive producers.

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    North, a decorated U.S. marine and a Fox News commentator, was at the center of the scandal over the sale of weapons to Iran and the channeling of proceeds to the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s during Republican President Ronald Reagan's second term.

    Lanthimos says he's excited to be working with Farrell again and that the story feels "very fresh and relevant to our times."

    Farrell, active in films, starred in the second season of HBO's "True Detective."