Joining Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, the trio of thesps have signed on for the dramatic comedy about a turning point in Irish and British history. Helmed by Nick Hamm (The Hole, Killing Bono) from a script by Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack), The Journey is slated to begin production on Sept. 28 in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Oscar-nominated Hurt (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Elephant Man) will play Harry, an accomplished veteran political fixer overseeing the St. Andrews Agreement; Stephens (Believe, The Machine, Severance) is Tony Blair; Highmore (The Golden Compass, The Spiderwick Chonicles) plays Jack, a young government employee tasked to drive Paisley and McGuiness on their journey.
The film is a fictional account of implacable enemies Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of modern Irish and British history. It is at this moment that the future of Irish and British history is altered, as two sworn enemies put their past actions behind them and begin to forge a friendship that would lead to them being known as “The Chuckle Brothers.”
Independent entertainment studio IM Global is fully financing the film through its Acclaim specialty division, with assistance from Lipsync and Northern Ireland Screen, and will also handle international sales. Mark Huffam (The Martian), and Piers Tempest (Like Minds) are producing, with IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford and President of Production Matt Jackson executive producing along with Tempo’s Jo Bamford.