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Clive Owen to star in IRA thriller

Published 07/04/2011 | 11:42

Clive Owen is being lined up to play an MI5 handler
Clive Owen is being lined up to play an MI5 handler

Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough are to star in a new spy thriller set during the peace process in Northern Ireland in the nineties.

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The film, based on Tom Bradby's 1998 novel Shadow Dancer, will be directed by James Marsh, who made the Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire and critically acclaimed Channel 4 drama series The Red Riding Trilogy.

Marsh confirmed to New York Magazine's Vulture blog he is about to start filming in Dublin in May with Andrea starring as former IRA terrorist turned MI5 informer Colette McVeigh, opposite Clive as her MI5 handler, David Ryan.

He said: "It's much more like Red Riding, it's a genre film, it's a thriller. It's very exciting to be doing something like that now, to have that kind of canvas to fill.

"It's low-budget film, it's not a Hollywood movie by any means."

Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall had previously been attached to star in the project.

Marsh revealed the film would no longer be called Shadow Dancer.

He said: "It's sort of between titles right now. I don't think it's quite the right title," adding with a laugh, "It sounds a bit like Billy Elliot or something like that."

Marsh revealed The Wire's Aidan Gillen and The X Files' Gillian Anderson have also joined the cast.

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