Hollywood is coming to Wicklow next summer when Irish producer Noel Pearson begins shooting his new film “The Secret Scripture” here.
The film stars Vanessa Redgrave and “Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain and is based on the novel by Irish writer Sebastian Barry.
Chastain and Redgrave will play younger and older versions of the same character, Roseanne McNulty.
Roseanne is a Sligo woman who keeps a diary of her many years confined to a mental hospital in Roscommon.
The Secret Scripture is described as an epic story of love, betrayal, and unavoidable tragedy, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic Church had on individual lives for much of the twentieth century.
Pearson, who produced “My Left Foot” for which he received an Oscar nomination, will begin in June for eight weeks in Wicklow as well as Sligo.
Pearson’s credits include ‘The Field’, ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ and Maeve Binchy’s ‘Tara Road’.
Pearson’s long-time friend and collaborator Johnny Ferguson wrote the screenplay for “The Secret Scripture” in 2012, but died last April after a short illness.
Pearson said: “That motivated me a lot to get it made.
“The Secret Scripture is a wonderful novel.
“The thing about Johnny’s script is it’s very character-driven and actor-driven, and it wouldn’t work without the right actors.
“So, we’re lucky to have Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave.”