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Hollywood hunk Owen to shoot IRA movie here

HOLLYWOOD star Clive Owen is jetting to Dublin later this month for his new film.

The English heart throb is set to star in a new feature film about a woman involved with the IRA.

Owen, who has starred in films such as Closer and Duplicity, will appear alongside Irish actor Aidan Gillen, who starred in The Wire, and Andrea Riseborough in the new movie called Shadow Dancer.

Shooting on the film is due to begin at the end of the month.

The BBC-funded venture is based on the Tom Bradby novel that tells the story of a female IRA member in 1960s Ireland.

Riseborough will play Colette McVeigh, who loses her younger brother in an incident with British security forces.

Owen (47) plays Mac, an MI5 officer who recruits Colette after she is arrested following an unsuccessful bombing attempt in London.

In order to turn her away from her beliefs, Mac forces Colette to either inform on her family and see her son again, or stay silent and spend the rest of her life in prison.

The film will be directed by Oscar Winner James Marsh, who also directed Man On Wire and the dark Red Riding trilogy for British television.

James revealed that the upcoming movie, which is set for release next year, is a dark thriller: "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."


The production company has also announced that they are seeking "hundreds of extras" to appear in the movie.

All extras will be paid and will need to start work very soon.

Anyone interested can attend an open casting call on Monday next. People who would like to be in the movie can go to Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1, between 11am and 7pm.