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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Sherlock star Scott is back on home soil

HE bagged an IFTA for his portrayal of creepy criminal mastermind Moriarty in acclaimed series Sherlock.

And now Andrew Scott is back on Irish soil filming a far less sinister but equally important role.

The 36-year-old actor will star in BAFTA award-winning director Ken Loach's last ever feature film, Jimmy's Hall.

Filming began last weekend in counties Leitrim and Sligo and is due to last for seven weeks.

Anticipation about the film has started to build since producer Rebecca O'Brien admitted the film will be Loach's last.

"This is probably the last narrative feature for Ken," she said.

The film is packed with well known Irish actors and ingenues. Pure Mule star Simone Kirby will take the lead female role while thespian Barry Ward will play the lead role of Jim Gralton. Aisling Franciosi (19), who will appear in RTE drama Quirke later this year, will also feature in the film as will Jim Norton – who appeared in Reese Witherspoon's circus themed box office flop Water for Elephants.

Set in 1932, Jimmy's Hall focuses on Jimmy Gralton – an Irish man who has returned to the old country after a decade living stateside.

Before he left, Jimmy built a dance hall on a rural crossroads.

When Jimmy returns he re-opens the hall but soon realises it's not as idyllic as he remembers.

The screen play for the film, which is due for release next year, was penned by Loach and Paul Laverty. The pair previously collaborated on Irish Civil War drama The Wind That Shakes the Barley which won the Palme D'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

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