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Lena Headey and Game of Thrones castmate Iain Glen team up for refugee movie

The two Brits play immigration officers in director Luke Healy's low budget The Flood.

Game of Thrones stars Iain Glen and Lena Headey have teamed up to tackle Europe's refugee crisis in a new low-budget movie.

Headey, who plays villainous matriarch Cersei Lannister in the TV series, and Glen, who has portrayed loyal Jorah Mormont on the show since 2011, lead the cast of independent drama The Flood.

The two Game of Thrones castmates will play immigration officers in the film, which chronicles the journey of an Eritrean migrant trying to reach Britain.

"You know what's happening in the world, globally is horrific. And, you know, for it to be dealt (with) in cinematic form, I think is a great thing to do," said Headey, who celebrated the end of last season of Game of Thrones in June (16) by visiting Syrian refugees in Greece.

The actress and castmates Maisie Williams and Liam Cunningham toured International Rescue Committee sites and met with refugees camped there.

"These smart, hardworking people want to go home," Headey told at the time. "They want to return to their communities and to their neighbourhoods. They want their children to continue their education. They want to continue their university (studies) and they are stuck. They’re unbelievably sad. Understandably. We can do better for them. We must do better for them."

The Game of Thrones trio also urged European Union leaders to do more for the 57,000 refugees currently stranded in Greece.

Meanwhile, The Flood's producer, Luke Healy, tells Reuters he got lucky with the funding for the project and convinced a woman interested in buying his apartment to invest heavily in the movie.

"She didn't end up buying the flat but she bought the movie," he said. "She was our sole investor."

The film is in production and expected to be released in 2018.

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