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Eva Green will film Nocebo

Eva Green will film Nocebo

Eva Green will film Nocebo

Black Panther star Letitia Wright is the latest big-name star set to come to Ireland to work this summer as several new movies are preparing to film on these shores.

Wright's new movie is one of many projects about to shoot here as stars including Olivia Colman, Eva Green and Freida Pinto all prepare to get started on new dramas and comedies.

The next TV series from the people behind Normal People - the biggest TV event of the past year - is due to film in Dublin and Belfast this summer.

And Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are poised to reunite with their In Bruges director Martin McDonagh for a dark comedy set in the west of Ireland.

It was announced this weekend that Marvel movie star Letitia Wright is to star in a new drama about direct provision, playing a young Nigerian woman caught up in Ireland's asylum system.

Directed by Frank Berry, who last brought us the acclaimed prison drama Michael Inside, Provision is the story of an African woman fleeing persecution from criminals in her home country.

She spends over two years in the direct provision system fearing deportation.

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Vikings Valhalla was shot in Wicklow

Vikings Valhalla was shot in Wicklow

Vikings Valhalla was shot in Wicklow

The movie will also star Josh O'Connor, who recently landed a Golden Globe for playing Prince Charles in Netflix smash hit The Crown. Filming is due to begin in Ireland next month.

The duo are the latest to sign up for a summer in Bel Eire as filming on movies and TV resumes, under strict guidelines, following the pandemic.

It's one of several high-profile shoots due to get underway as Ireland gradually returns to filming.

The country had become a major production hub for film and TV before Covid struck, doubling production over the past five years across film, TV and animation.

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Oscar winner Olivia Colman

Oscar winner Olivia Colman

Oscar winner Olivia Colman

Other stars shooting or due to shoot here in the months ahead include Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto, Oscar winner Olivia Colman, Mark Strong and Eva Green.

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson will team up for the first time since the Belgian-set crime thriller In Bruges for The Banshees of Inisheer.

Set in a remote island in the west of Ireland, the actors will play lifelong friends whose lives are impacted when one of them decides to end the friendship.

The feature was originally scheduled to shoot last year prior to the impact of Covid but is now gearing up for an August shoot in the Aran Islands.

Eva Green and Mark Strong will head the cast of the new sci-fi thriller Nocebo, which has just begun filming here and will shoot through to early summer.

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Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, who starred in In Bruges, will be filming The Banshees of Inisheer

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, who starred in In Bruges, will be filming The Banshees of Inisheer

Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell, who starred in In Bruges, will be filming The Banshees of Inisheer

Irish director Lorcan Finnegan, who last year had a hit with Vivarium, will direct the story about a fashion designer (Green) who is suffering from a mysterious illness.

Medics are baffled and her family are frustrated, but when her Filipino carer turns to traditional methods to treat and care for her, events take a dramatic turn. The movie is being backed by Screen Ireland.

Normal People was the lockdown TV hit of last year and now Element Pictures is preparing to film the TV adaptation of another Sally Rooney novel.

Shooting later this summer in Dublin and Belfast, Conversations With Friends will tell the story of Frances, a 21-year-old college student, who navigates a series of romantic relationships and she finds her place in the world.

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Like Normal People, it will be a 12-part drama for BBC and Hulu with director Lenny Abrahamson returning.

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Sally Rooney’s Normal People

Sally Rooney’s Normal People

Sally Rooney’s Normal People

The series will feature top young stars Sasha Lane, Joe Alwyn and Sex Education star Jemima Kirke as well as newcomer Alison Oliver.

Documentary maker Emer Reynolds has cast top British actress Olivia Colman in her first fictional movie, set to film in the west of Ireland later this summer.

Joyride is a comedy drama about a train-wreck of a woman who heads off for an adventure, unaware that a cheeky youngster is determined to go along with her.

"Once I met her, I couldn't get her out of my head," said The Crown star of her latest role.

Ireland has long been a popular location for period costume dramas and Mr Malcolm's List is the latest to find on these shores.

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto is among the big-name cast for the drama.

It's about two friends who agree to trick an eligible bachelor when one of them does not meet his picky list of requirements for a bride.

Wicklow, meanwhile, has been the busy location for a major new spin-off series being shot here for Netflix.

Filming right through until mid-summer, Vikings: Valhalla is a spin-off of Vikings which was a big international hit for The History Channel.

It is set 100 years after the events of Vikings and described as epic in scope and scale by creator Michael Hirst.

"It couldn't be on a greater scale than the final episodes of my Vikings. Because the armies and the big battles we had… You really can't get much bigger than that, actually," he said.

"It is being made in the same places, a lot of it. We go back to Kattegat. That, of course, is the spiritual home of the Vikings. But it's a changed Kattegat. It's grown in size and significance.

"The King of England has become a Viking. The Vikings have overrun most of England and they own Normandy."

The show will debut on Netflix later this year.

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