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Brendan back home to film new comedy

A LITTLE piece of Hollywood came to Rush this week as award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson began filming on his new movie Calgary.

The Harry Potter star is out in the north Dublin seaside town as he begins work on the much-anticipated follow on to The Guard.

Locals were gobsmacked to see the famous actor strolling around the tight-knit town as he immersed himself in filming at Harbour Park, with the project expected to last for around six weeks.

Written and directed by the same director, namely John Michael McDonagh, it's described as a black comedy drama and began filming in Sligo last month before moving to Dublin. And there's some serious heavy hitters joining Gleeson on the movie including Bridesmaids star Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen and Isaach de Bankole.

It sees the former teacher taking on the role of a priest who's intent on making the world a better place. But he's left shocked by the "spiteful inhabitants" in his small town, culminating in him being threatened.

Speaking about his new flick, McDonagh said it was with "great excitement, bordering on tumescence" that he was looking forward to collaborating with Gleeson.