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Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan team up for Belfast movie

By Maureen Coleman

Hollywood stars Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan are teaming up to shoot a movie in Northern Ireland later this year.

The two A-list actors will return to Irish soil in October to star in a Christmas feature film, made by Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People.

Neeson, who comes from Ballymena, and Brosnan, who hails from Navan, are both patrons of the charity and the movie, A Christmas Star, will mark its 25th anniversary.

The announcement was made yesterday by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, who was in Belfast to take part in a question and answer session for an audience of 500 young people.

The Cinemagic patron unveiled a host of film and television professionals who will lend their support to the groundbreaking production that will be filmed in Belfast and will engage with hundreds of young people from across Northern Ireland.

Joining Neeson and Brosnan will be Oscar-winning producer Gareth Ellis Unwin (The King's Speech); award-winning composer Patrick Doyle (Brave, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes); music supervisor Maggie Rodford (The King's Speech, Anna Karenina); Belfast actress Paula Malcolmson (Deadwood, Ray Donovan); casting director and Cinemagic patron Ros Hubbard (The Commitments, Enemy At The Gates); camera operator Ian Fox (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man); producer Iain Smith (Children Of Men, Mad Max, Fury Road), and production manager Terry Bamber (The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Skyfall).

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The industry professionals will mentor young people throughout the production process from script to screen, giving invaluable insights into the world of filmmaking .

A Christmas Star marks the first film project in Northern Ireland that Neeson has been involved in since 2008, when he shot Five Minutes Of Heaven with James Nesbitt.

He previously worked with Brosnan in the 2006 movie Seraphim Falls.

Securing Neeson and Brosnan, two of Ireland's biggest global exports, for A Christmas Star will be seen as a major coup for Cinemagic. Its chief executive, Joan Burney Keatings, said: "Our Christmas feature film, a first for Northern Ireland, will bring young people from different cultural backgrounds together, and representatives from the worlds of film, television, music and sport will collaborate to celebrate creativity and highlight the importance of developing young people's skills and offering young people unique film and television-related opportunities."

The call-out for young people to participate in the production will be announced in May and filming takes place in October.

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