Wicklow chosen as location for new Spielberg film

Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg is shooting a new horror movie in County Wicklow called The Turning, according to The Wicklow Voice.

The Hollywood legend has travelled to Ireland to begin work as executive producer on his latest project, which has been surrounded by secrecy as he’s insistent on keeping all images from the set under wraps.

The film will star acclaimed Stranger Things and IT actor Finn Wolfhard and The Florida Project‘s Brooklynn Prince as a pair of orphans who are placed under the care of a young woman – played by Mackenzie Davis of Bladerunner 2049 and The Martian fame.

The film is being directed by Floria Sigismondi and is based on the Henry James novel, The Turn of the Screw.

Spielberg has put in place a range of tough security measures for the movie, which is being partly filmed on Kilruddery Estate in Bray.

According to The Wicklow Voice, the crew involved in the project have had to sign non-disclosure agreements and nobody is allowed near the set without approval.

Spielberg had been staying nearby in the Druid’s Glen Hotel while he worked on the project, but kept a low profile while there.

He previously visited Ireland to meet Oscar-winner Daniel Day Lewis before the Wicklow-native actor was cast to play the leading role in Lincoln which won him his third Academy Award.

The director also spent a considerable amount of time in Wexford filming Saving Private Ryan in 1997, using Curracloe Beach as the backdrop for the movie’s dramatic opening scenes.

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