Wednesday 20 September 2017

Ray gets fired up for swashbuckling role in new drama

Ray Winstone, right, gets in some practise with a pistol on location in Co Wicklow
Ray Winstone, right, gets in some practise with a pistol on location in Co Wicklow
Sophie Cookson films a scene for ‘Moonfleet’
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

AN Irish beach has been transformed into the location for an 18th century English adventure drama.

Ray Winstone, star of 'The Sweeney', was yesterday spotted practising with a replica flintlock pistol in period attire at Silver Strand, Co Wicklow.

He was joined by co-star Aneurin Barnard and newcomer Sophie Cookson as filming got under way for the new Sky drama 'Moonfleet'.

The two-part drama, which is due to air later this year, is an adaptation of John Meade Falkner's classic adventure novel.

It is the story of young John Trenchard, played by Barnard, who is haunted by dreams of the legendary Blackbeard and captivated by the whereabouts of his fabled diamond.

Winstone, who recently starred in 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' plays Elzevir Block – the leader of a band of smugglers in 18th century Dorset, England.

Speaking when the commission was announced, Winstone said: "I can't wait to start filming in Ireland and it's a real honour to be bringing such an epic adventure story to life."

The series has been produced by Company Pictures in association with Dublin-based Element Pictures. Other planned locations for filming include Howth, Drimnagh Castle, parts of central Dublin and Celbridge.

Irish Independent

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