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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. »
- Dave McNary
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… »
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 McGuinness. 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. 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, »
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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- Ben Child
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