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They lost the plot

(But our man finds missing blockbuster script and returns it to the set)

Actress Natalie Portman
Actress Natalie Portman
Ciaran Barnes

By Ciaran Barnes

Sunday Life has helped save the day for a £50million Hollywood movie being shot in Northern Ireland. This newspaper has recovered and handed back a lost movie script from the set of Your Highness, starring Star Wars actress Natalie Portman.

Filming got under way in Northern Ireland last week, but just days into production an honest reader handed us a copy of the coveted film script, which they had found in a public place.

These scripts would have been stored at the high-security Paint Hall studios in Belfast's Titanic Quarter and also brought on location.

Details of the movie plot are a closely guarded secret.

However, Sunday Life has now prevented the movie plot from leaking and we have decided not to spoil the blockbuster by giving any details about its twists and turns.

What we can tell you is that Your Highness is a fantasy movie about an arrogant, lazy prince and his more heroic brother who must complete a quest in order to save their father's kingdom.

Our pictures show the Universal Pictures-funded film on location in Portrush last week, where Natalie Portman was pictured in medieval battle costume on the shoreline below Dunluce Castle.

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Members of the film crew were seen walking around with the movie script.

Sets for the film have also been built at Shane’s Castle near Antrim and Tullymore Forest in the Mournes.

Natalie Portman (28) is one of Hollywood’s biggest names. As well as starring in three Star Wars movies, she has appeared in Closer as a stripper, The Other Boleyn Girl, Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium and The Simpsons.

Spiderman star James Franco will play one of the princes and Danny McBride, who wrote the script with Ben Best, plays the other prince who is lazy and arrogant. Portman plays a warrior princess with whom the lazy prince falls in love.

Yesterday we handed all 113 pages of the movie script back to relieved movie bosses as the province’s local film industry continues to boom.

A film insider said: “Sunday Life has saved the day. Thankfully this script didn’t end up on the Internet or anywhere else.”

Our source explained how producers closely guard the contents of movie scripts.

“The script must have been left behind by one of the crew by mistake. These things can happen very easily with such a fast-paced big production,” said the source.

“No harm has been done thanks to the honesty of the Sunday Life and its readers.”

Your Highness is written by Danny McBride and Ben Best, the duo behind the 2008 comedy hit Pineapple Express.

The Universal Pictures film, which is described as a medieval adventure comedy, has given a huge boost to the Northern Ireland economy.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said they expect the film to generate £10m for the local economy.

More than 300 people are currently employed at the Paint Hall building sets, designing costumes and transporting props.

Work is set to continue for another three months until the final scenes are shot in October.

Your Highness is set for release in 2011.

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