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Thursday 24 July 2014

Colin Farrell in Fermanagh to serve up role as butler who beds boss's girl

Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell

Hollywood heartthrob Colin Farrell begins filming the movie adaptation of Miss Julie in Co Fermanagh next week.

The Dublin-born actor is already in Northern Ireland, taking part in read-throughs.

He will star opposite Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in the film directed by Liv Ullmann.

Written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg, the £3.6m movie will shoot at Castle Coole throughout April.

Farrell is lined up to star in another project, Solace, to be filmed in Detroit in May. Due for release in 2014, Miss Julie also stars Samantha Morton. Chastain, nominated for best actress Oscar for Zero Dark Thirty, will play an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy who encourages her father's valet, played by Farrell, to seduce her. Morton will play the Irish cook engaged to Farrell's character. Farrell has been spotted relaxing at the Killyhevlin Hotel and Lough Erne Resort.

It is understood he will be joined by Chastain next week.

According to reports, location scouts were charmed by the "beautiful natural setting" of the county.

Originally set in Sweden, the film focuses over one midsummer night in Fermanagh in the 1890s. The original play was banned in the UK for its portrayal of sexuality and inter-class relationships.

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