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Actors Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman are starring in the film which was shot in North Sligo last week

Actors Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman are starring in the film which was shot in North Sligo last week

Filming underway in the Gleniff Horseshoe in North Sligo last week. Pic courtesy of Donal Gilroy

Filming underway in the Gleniff Horseshoe in North Sligo last week. Pic courtesy of Donal Gilroy

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Actors Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman are starring in the film which was shot in North Sligo last week

A Hollywood film costing millions to make was shot in scenic North Sligo last week but no one knows if its stars including Nicole Kidman were on set here.

Vikings first landed in Sligo in 807, raiding the monastic island of Inishmurray. Fastforward to 2020 and they're back, but this time they're welcome visitors.

The Gleniff Horseshoe in North Sligo was closed for three days last week in order to facilitate the filming of scenes for Viking revenge movie The Northman.

The movie boasts a stellar star studded cast including Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Alexander Skarsgard and Icelandic singer Bjork.

The Northman, was mainly shot on County Antrim's scenic Torr Head near Larne and Industry development body Northern Ireland Screen has said there were millions of US dollars in the production budget and hundreds of crew.

Directed by Robert Eggers, the movie is set in Iceland at the turn of the 10th century, also stars Danish actor Claes Bang.

None of the stars unfortunately were spotted around North Sligo with no details being shared at all about their movements.

With filming taking place against the stunning backdrop of Benwiskin and the old school house, local councillor Donal Gilroy says it's another major coup for the Sligo tourism sector.

"Because of Normal People Streedagh beach has welcomed thousands of visitors who had never been there before, and now this filming will again show people across the world just how stunning Sligo is."

Councillor Marie Casserly also welcomed the production to the area, "This venture will allow us to add to our already powerful tourism profile here in Sligo. This film will showcase some of our natural assets and hopefully inform, inspire and influence travel decisions, which will help our visitor economy to grow."

Björk's involvement in the blockbuster project was revealed following a leak by a member of the film's crew on Instagram recently.

The eclectic artist will be playing a character named the 'Slav Witch' and the appearance marks her first return to the big screen since starring in Lars Von Trier's Dancer in the Dark in 2000.

A notice of road closure was applied for by Draugr Productions Ltd. The road was closed from 8am to 6pm last Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday to facilitate filming, with local access granted to residents and Gleniff Barytes Mill site.

Focus Features will release The Northman domestically with Universal Pictures Internationally distributing internationally.

Filming had got underway on the project earlier in the year but like many other film and television productions it had to be suspended because of the coronavirus crisis.

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