Hollywood stars to shoot in Dublin
Published 19/01/2010 | 06:43
Oscar-winning film director Steven Soderbergh will begin shooting a new film starring top Hollywood stars on the streets of Dublin within weeks, it has been confirmed.
Scenes for the action spy thriller Knockout - which was written especially for the Irish capital - will be filmed on rooftops and other locations around the city centre.
Ewan McGregor, best known for Trainspotting and the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and award-winning Irish actor Michael Fassbender, critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Bobby Sands in Hunger, both have starring roles.
Hollywood heavyweights Denis Quaid and Michael Douglas have yet to sign off on their involvement in the movie.
It is understood filming will take place at Dublin Docklands, Dublin Airport, the Shelbourne Hotel, as well as other locations in the city centre and Co Wicklow.
Shooting begins on February 2 and is expected to take three weeks.
The Irish Film Board, which is part-financing the project, said more than 100 jobs will be created in Ireland, including cast and crew.
Soderbergh, who won an Academy Award for directing the crime drama blockbuster Traffic in 2000 was also behind big screen hits Ocean's Thirteen and Erin Brockovich.
US producer Gregory Jacobs said both himself and Soderbergh were delighted with the talent of Irish technicians and crafts people working on the project.
"Unlike most productions that tailor what's available to the script, we wrote this movie for Dublin and are thrilled that the city has been so co-operative," he said.