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Pictured: Liam Neeson warming to his new role in Co Antrim

Hollywood movie star Liam Neeson wrapped up well as he took part in the filming of his new movie outside Belfast on Tuesday.

The Ballymena-born actor was spotted shooting scenes for Normal People on the Shore Road, Jordanstown.

The Schindler's List star has set aside his usual action roles for a more sensitive drama, based on a play by Irish playwright Owen McCafferty.

Oscar-nominated Neeson and Lesley Manville lead the cast of the love story as a happy and long-married couple, Joan and Tom, whose bond is challenged when Joan receives an unexpected breast cancer diagnosis.

The film will be directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, who also helmed the 2012 Belfast-set film Good Vibrations.

Speaking about their new feature, Barros D’Sa and Leyburn said: “It is a joy for us as directors to collaborate with Owen McCafferty, the justly celebrated playwright, on his first screenplay.

"We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing this beautiful, honest and unsentimental story to life with Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in the starring roles, two of the most remarkable actors working on screen today.”

Meanwhile, Neeson will return to the big screen this year in the Steve McQueen directed Widows, alongside Colin Farrell, and Hans Petter Moland's Hard Powder alongside Emmy Rossum and Laura Dern.

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