Schindler’s List and Star Wars actor Liam Neeson and James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan will film A Christmas Star in Northern Ireland later in 2014, revealed Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.
Fellowes explained more about the Xmas movie at Belfast’s Grand Opera House last Friday, at an event hosted by Marc Mallet from UTV.
Neeson and Brosnan both hail from Northern Ireland and support the Cinemagic charity. The pair worked together on Seraphim Falls in 2006.
The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis Unwin, Rise of the Planet of the Apes composer Patrick Doyle and Enemy at the Gates casting director Ros Hubbard will also be involved with the new film.
A Christmas Star will also offer opportunities to young people in the local area, who will be given the chance to get involved with script editing, acting, costume design, technical assistance and even directing.
“Young people, from every type of background and culture, are being encouraged to explore the world of film for themselves, first hand” explained Fellowes. “We want them to break through the glass ceilings and walls that surround them and see for themselves what it’s really like.”
Joan Burney Keatings, chief executive of Cinemagic, said that A Christmas Star will “celebrate creativity and highlight the importance of developing young people’s skills.”
Young people can contact Cinemagic from May, if they wish to be involved with the project, which is set to start filming this October.