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The Crown's Olivia Colman to star in film shot on the Wild Atlantic Way

Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman

Eoin Murphy

OLIVIA Colman will play the lead in the upcoming Irish dramady Joyride, from Emmy-winning Irish director Emer Reynolds.

The feature film will star the Oscar winner and is set to be filmed on location along the Wild Atlantic Way in the New Year.

Joyride is the first major feature film from Emer Reynolds, who is also behind The Farthest, Shameless and new Phil Lynott documentary Songs for While I'm Away, and follows the fortunes of erratic mum Joy, who will be played by Colman.

Joy is a train-wreck who is hell bent on setting out on an adventure and in order to escape her surroundings, is prepared to give away her newborn baby to her best friend.

However, before long, she finds herself on the run with her baby on an unintended adventure, along the west coast of Ireland.

"Once I met her, I couldn’t get her out of my head," said Colman of her character Joy.

“We’re thrilled to be bringing this highly original, emotional and hilarious story into production with Emer Reynolds at the helm," producer Aoife O’Sullivan told the Hollywood Reporter.

"Writer Ailbhe Keoghan is a true talent and having Olivia Colman as our lead character Joy is a dream come true.

"We’re thrilled to have the wonderful Olivia Colman, an artist of such incredible talent, intelligence and depth — not to mention comedic brilliance.

“It’s going to be a pleasure harnessing her rawness and her comedy and, vitally, the profound bravery that is visible in all her work,” she added.

Academy awarded for The Favourite, Colman can next be seen in Florian Zeller’s The Father opposite Anthony Hopkins.

She is currently starring as Queen Elizabeth in the fourth series of The Crown on Netflix.

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