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Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy and Pierce Brosnan to star in Maze prison break film

Cillian and Jamie at the film's UK premiere
Cillian and Jamie at the film's UK premiere
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

Holywood actor Jamie Dornan is set to star in a film about the notorious 1983 Maze prison breakout.

Thirty-eight republican inmates fled the maximum security facility in September 1983 in the biggest prison break in British or Irish history.

Nineteen were recaptured within a short period, but the rest got away.

The escapees included Old Bailey bomber Gerry Kelly, now a Sinn Fein MLA, who went on to write a book about the escape.

Read more: Warders' disgust as Kelly offers signed Maze escape book as Valentine's prize

Warder James Ferris died of a heart attack after being stabbed.

Two others were shot but survived.

The mass escape was described at the time by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as "the greatest incident in British prison history".

The film is set to be directed by three-time Oscar nominated writer/director Jim Sheridan and is called H-Block.

It will be produced by Dylan Sellars.

Jamie Dornan with the painting by Colin Davidson
Jamie Dornan with the painting by Colin Davidson
Actor Jamie Dornan with his sister Jessica Dornan Lynas and father Dr Jim Dornan at the launch of the NIPanC at the Mater Hospital in Belfast
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Jamie Dornan in Robin Hood.
Pictured: Jamie Dornan in Robin Hood
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Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan.
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Jamie Dornan in The Fall
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KINGSBARNS, AL - OCTOBER 05: Actor Jamie Dornan plays during a practice round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links golf course on October 5, 2016 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
KINGSBARNS, AK - OCTOBER 05: Actor Jamie Dornan plays during a practice round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns Golf Links golf course on October 5, 2016 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Paul Spector played by Jamie Dornan.
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Sally Ann Spector (Bronagh Waugh), Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan).
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Jamie Dornan on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The Belfast Telegraph article about Jamie Dornan featured on the Stephen Colbert show.
Jamie Dornan on the Stephen Colbert show.
In May 2013 BBC drama The Fall hit our screens. Set in Belfast, Dornan played serial killer Paul Spector, opposite Gillian Anderson.
Jamie Dornan plays serial killer Paul Spector
Paul Spector, played by Jamie Dornan
In May 2013 BBC drama The Fall hit our screens. Set in Belfast, Dornan played serial killer Paul Spector.
Jamie Dornan as killer Paul Spector
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As Sheriff Graham from Once Upon A Time
As Sheriff Graham from Once Upon A Time
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At a Calvin Klein event
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In April 2013 Jamie Dornan married singer Amelia Warner in Somerset, England. They are now expecting a baby.
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With Eva Mendes in an ad for Calvin Klein Jeans
With Eva Mendes in an ad for Calvin Klein Jeans
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Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in the first cast photos from the Fifty Shades of Grey movie
Jamie Dornan, (right) in Fifty Shades Darker
Johnson and Dornan in Fifty Shades Freed
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in the first cast photos from the Fifty Shades of Grey movie
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Jamie Dornan plays Abe in New Worlds, on Channel 4
Jamie Dornan plays Abe in New Worlds, on Channel 4
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According to Deadline, Murphy stars as the head of the ring of IRA prisoners who has earned the respect of the prison guards and wants a life of peace.

Dornan will play a violent prisoner who starts discovering weaknesses in the prison and is one of the last to agree to escape and when he does he leaves with a vengeance on the way out.

It's understood Brosnan is in talks to play the warden of the prison who is pitted against the escapees.

The film will see Dornan and Murphy teaming up again after they starred together in Anthropoid which centred on the plot to kill SS beast Reinhard Heydrich, one of the architects of the Holocaust.

H-Block is the second film to be in production about the Maze breakout.

'Maze' is currently in post-production and its makers were accused of "romanticising the violence" of the breakout.

The Irish-Swedish co-production is being funded by the Irish Film Board (IFB), Film Vast and RTE, with Cork County Council and Cork County Council Arts Offices providing regional support.

Written and produced by Stephen Burke it was shot in the decommissioned Cork Prison and around Cork city, and stars Martin McCann, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor and Barry Ward.

It is due for release on September 22, 2017.

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