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23 March 2015 | Written by James White | Source: Screen International
The story of a group of monks transporting a holy relic might not sound like the basis for an action thriller. But throw Richard Armitage, Jon Bernthal and Tom Holland into the mix, plus the possibility of trouble from barbarians on the road to Rome, and you have a good chance of a little violence ahead. That’s the basic set-up behind Pilgrimage.
Brendan Muldowney is set to start directing the film next mouth, working from a script by Jamie Hannigan. The basic story, as mentioned, finds a group of 13th century monks who must escort a monastery’s holiest relic to Rome and find their faith severely tested en route.
With assistance from the Irish Film Board and Creative Europe, Muldowney and primary producers Conor Barry and John Keville have tracked down the cash for a shoot that will take in the West Coast of Ireland and Ardennes in Belgium.
Armitage has most recently been at work playing Francis Dolarhyde for the new season of US TV drama Hannibal. He’s also shot Sleepwalker and Urban & The Shed Crew. Bernthal, last seen in Fury, is part of the cast for Sundance success Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and will crop up in Sicario and We Are Your Friends. As for Holland, he’s been seen in TV’s Wolf Hall and will brave ocean terrors in Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea, which docks here on December 26.
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