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Shooting to start on tailor-made Dublin thriller

OSCAR-winning film director Steven Soderbergh will begin shooting a new film on the streets of Dublin within weeks.

Scenes for the action spy thriller 'Knockout' -- which was written especially to feature Dublin -- 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, and at other locations in the city as well as 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 would be created in Ireland, including cast and crew.

Soderbergh, who won an Academy Award for the blockbuster 'Traffic' in 2000 was also behind the hits 'Ocean's Thirteen' and 'Erin Brockovich'.

US producer Gregory Jacobs said he and Soderbergh were delighted with the talent of Irish technicians and craftspeople 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.

The film follows the exploits of international spy-for-hire Mallory Kane, played by martial arts expert Gina Carano, as she plots revenge for being double-crossed.

The film will also shoot on location in New Mexico, Turkey and Barcelona.

Belfast DJ and composer David Holmes is writing the soundtrack.

Simon Perry, chief executive of the Irish Film Board, said the arrival of the production crews reflected "the growth of Ireland's international image and reputation over the past few years".

Irish Independent