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First Image Revealed from ‘The Journey,’ Starring Timothy Spall

8 October 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

International sales and financing house Im Global has released the first image from “The Journey,” a dramatic comedy inspired by a turning point in British and Irish history. The film, which stars Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, started shooting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this week.

Spall won best actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year for “Mr. Turner.” Meaney’s credits include “Hell on Wheels” and “The Damned United.”

The Journey” focuses on the improbable friendship between two Northern Ireland political titans and implacable enemies, Ian Paisley (Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Meaney), when forced to “take a short journey and the biggest leap of faith.” It is at this moment the future of British and Irish history is altered, as two sworn enemies put their past actions behind them, and begin to forge a friendship that would lead them to be known as “The Chuckle Brothers.”

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First look at Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley, Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness

5 October 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Im Global’s The Journey begins production in Belfast.

Shooting has begun on The Journey, a dramatic comedy inspired by a turning point in British and Irish history.

The film focuses on the improbable friendship between two Northern Ireland political titans and implacable enemies, Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney).

The plot of the film centres on a fictional journey Paisley and McGuinness take together that leads them to forge a friendship.

Additional cast includes Toby Stephens (Believe) as Prime Minister Tony Blair, Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as a young government employee tasked to drive Paisley and McGuinness on their journey, and John Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) as an accomplished veteran political fixer overseeing the St. Andrews Agreement.

Nick Hamm (The Hole, Killing Bono) directs, from a script by County Down-born novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman.

Independent studio Im Global is financing the film through its Acclaim speciality division, in association »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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John Hurt Joins The Journey

10 September 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With the two leading men in place – that would be Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley and Colm Meaney as Martin McGuinness – the team behind political drama The Journey is adding cast members before starting to shoot later this month. John Hurt, Freddie Highmore and Toby Stephens are all aboard. Nick Hamm’s film chronicles the story of how two seemingly implacable enemies – Paisley, the fiery, vocal leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein’s McGuinness – had to find common ground and make history, becoming close friends in the process.According to Screen International, Hurt will be an unnamed political fixer who sorts things behind the scenes, Highmore will be Paisley’s driver and Stephens has the highest-profile role of the new additions: he’s playing Tony Blair. Wonder if he’ll be calling Michael Sheen up for tips?Working from a script by Colin Bateman that »

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Toby Stephens to play Tony Blair in 'The Journey'

10 September 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Freddy Highmore and John Hurt have also joined the dramatic comedy, which Im Global is introducing to international buyers here.

Production on The Journey, about the thawing of hostilities between sworn enemies Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness and their eventual role in sharing power in Northern Ireland, is scheduled to kick off in Northern Ireland and Scotland on September 28

Nick Hamm will direct from Colin Bateman’s screenplay, dubbed an occasionally fictitious account of the peace process that turned Unionist leader Paisley and Sinn Fein higher-up and former Ira commander McGuinness into friends.

Indeed the pair became such good friends that some dubbed them “the Chuckle Brothers” and McGuinness made headlines when he paid a heartfelt tribute at Paisley’s funeral last year.

Stephens will play former British prime minister Tony Blair, while Highmore will portray a young driver to Paisley and McGuinness and Hurt is cast as a political fixer. Timothy Spall will play »

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Toronto: John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Freddy Highmore Join ‘The Journey’

10 September 2015 7:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

John Hurt, Toby Stephens and Freddy Highmore have joined Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall in the political dramedy “The Journey.”

Im Global, which is fully financing the movie, is launching sales at the Toronto Film Festival. The pic begins production on Sept. 28 in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The movie will focus on the improbable friendship between Martin McGuinness (played by Meaney) and Ian Paisley (Spall) in a story that follows the two Northern Ireland political titans after the signing of the breakthrough St. Andrews Agreement in 2006. The former sworn enemies grew closer in 2007, becoming known as “The Chuckle Brothers,” when they served in the Northern Ireland Assembly, with Paisley as first minister and McGuinness as his deputy.

Stephens will portray British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Highmore will play a government employee tasked to drive Paisley and McGuiness on their journey and Hurt will play an accomplished veteran political fixer overseeing the St. »

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John Hurt, Toby Stephens & Freddy Highmore Get On Board ‘The Journey’

10 September 2015 6:50 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Joining Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, the trio of thesps have signed on for the dramatic comedy about a turning point in Irish and British history. Helmed by Nick Hamm (The Hole, Killing Bono) from a script by Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack), The Journey is slated to begin production on Sept. 28 in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Oscar-nominated Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Elephant Man) will play Harry, an accomplished veteran political fixer overseeing the St… »

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Casting: Hurt, Bautista, Oritz, Azaria, Kelley

10 September 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Journey

John Hurt, Toby Stephens, Freddy Highmore, Colm Meaney and Timothy Spall have joined Nick Hamm's political dramedy "The Journey" at Im Global. Colin Bateman penned the script and filming begins September 28th in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The story will focus on the improbable friendship between former sworn enemies Martin McGuinness (Meaney) and Ian Paisley (Spall) in a story that follows the two Northern Ireland political titans after the signing of the breakthrough St. Andrews Agreement in 2006. Stephens will play British Pm Tony Blair, Highmore a government employee, and Hurt an accomplished veteran political fixer. [Source: Variety]

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Dave Bautista ("Guardians Of The Galaxy") is set to star opposite Jane Levy in Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott's action thriller "Bushwhack". The story follows 20-year-old Lucy (Levy) and war veteran Stupe (Bautista) during a domestic crisis as Texas tries to secede from the U.S., with NYC being used as a negotiation tool. »

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Colm Meaney Takes The Journey

27 August 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In early July, the news arrived that Timothy Spall was in talks to play late politician Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey. It appears he’s gone against Paisley’s traditional “no” stance and said yes to the part, and now Colm Meaney has joined the drama as Paisley’s stalwart enemy-turned-true friend Martin McGuinnessNick Hamm’s film chronicles the story of how two seemingly implacable enemies – Paisley, the fiery, vocal leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein’s McGuinness – had to find common ground and make history. The pair became such good friends that they were nicknamed The Chuckle Brothers.Director Nick Hamm is writing the script with Divorcing Jack’s Colin Bateman and aims to kick off filming in Northern Ireland and Scotland in the middle of next month.Meaney, who has been spending most of his time recently in Western-flavoured Us TV drama Hell On Wheels, »

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Timothy Spall in talks to play former Dup leader Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey

5 July 2015 3:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Timothy Spall is being lined up to play the former Democratic Unionist Party (Dup) leader Sir Ian Paisley.

The actor could star as the late Northern Ireland first minister in The Journey, about Paisley's unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Deadline reports.

Liam Neeson and Sir Kenneth Branagh were previously linked with the role.

Novelist Colin Bateman is writing the screenplay for the project, which is expected to begin production this September.

Nick Hamm is directing, and will also produce alongside Mark Huffam and Piers Tempest.

Paisley passed away in September last year at the age of 88.

Spall is known for starring in Mr Turner, The Damned United, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and the Harry Potter series. »

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Timothy Spall to play Ian Paisley in Troubles drama The Journey

2 July 2015 1:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Drama will document the Protestant leader’s unlikely road towards friendship with his longterm political enemy, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness

Timothy Spall looks set to play the Reverend Ian Paisley in the Northern Ireland Troubles drama The Journey, which will document the firebrand politician’s unlikely friendship with Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness.

Deadline reports Spall is in advanced discussions to portray the late Democratic Unionist party leader in a role with significant awards season potential. Belfast-born Nick Hamm, best known for 2001’s The Hole and 2011’s Killing Bono, is set to direct from a screenplay by Divorcing Jack’s Colin Bateman.

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Timothy Spall In Talks To Play Ian Paisley

1 July 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Having won major acclaim (and an acting award at Cannes) for his performance in Mr. Turner, Timothy Spall has his eye on another job playing a real person. He’s in talks to play the late Sir Ian Paisley in The Journey.Nick Hamm’s film chronicles the story of how two seemingly implacable enemies – Paisley, the stalwart, vocal leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness – had to find common ground and make history. Hamm is writing the script with Colin Bateman and aims to kick off filming in Northern Ireland and Scotland this September, once he’s found someone to play McGuinness. It’ll represent another meaty role for Spall, playing a man who managed to forge a lasting friendship with someone he once bitterly opposed, to the point where McGuinness was visibly moved at Paisley’s funeral last year. The actor »

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