Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 7 March 2015

Irish stars on guard for new film shoot

Irish stars Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham and American actor Don Cheadle braved the rain last night to shoot a new comedy thriller on location at Wicklow Harbour.

American actor and author Don Cheadle, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as the hotel manager who saved many lives during the Rwandan conflict in 'Hotel Rwanda', takes on a lighter role in 'The Guard' as a straight-laced FBI agent tackling an international drugs-smuggling ring.

Brendan Gleeson, who won an Emmy this year for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in the television series 'Into the Storm' puts his comic talents to work as an unorthodox Irish guard who works alongside Mr Cheadle to collar the gang.

Irish film and stage actor Liam Cunningham, who starred in 'Hunger' and 'The Wind that Shakes the Barley' wields a sub-machine gun as he unloads a haul of drugs from a fishing trawler in his role as the tough drugs baron.

The €15m film is the first major feature for Irish film-maker and screen writer John McDonagh, who wrote the screenplay for the film 'Ned Kelly' starring the late Heath Ledger as the legendary Australian folk hero.

Production began last month on a six-month shoot that will take the cast to various locations in Connemara, Spiddal, and Barna in Co Galway as well as Dublin and Co Wicklow.

Co-stars include Irish actress Fionnuala Flanagan, Irish comedian and actor Pat Shortt, and actor David Wilmot, who plays the knight Ralph Ellerker in the hit period drama 'The Tudors'.

The film is due to go on general release at the end of next year.

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