The Hardy Bucks lads make it to big screen
RTE hit Hardy Bucks is set for a big screen makeover with filming under way on a movie version of the hit series.
While exact details of the plot remain a closely guarded secret, it is rumoured that Hardy Bucks: The Movie will see the Castletown lads embark on a trip across Europe.
The Herald understands that filming has begun on location in Swinford, Co Mayo, and will move to mainland Europe over the coming month.
Fans will be glad to hear that all of the original cast have signed up to appear in the film, including Martin Moloney who plays the show's central character Eddie Durkan, and his arch enemy the Viper, played by Chris Tordoff.
The timing of the shoot has led to speculation that the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine will be central to the plot of the movie.
These rumours have been further fuelled by the addition of Daniel Olbrychski, a leading Polish actor, to the film's cast.
Filming continues in Mayo until the weekend before the production moves to various locations across Europe for three weeks.
It will then return here for a further three days before post production takes place.
The movie will be directed and produced by leading Irish director Mike Cockayne, and will be co-written by Moloney, Tordoff, and Gerry Greaney.
Hardy Bucks has been one of RTE's recent success stories, and started life as a series of web episodes directed and edited by Tordoff.
The mockumentary, which sparked a series of live shows, follows the mundane lives of five unemployed young men in the fictional village of Castletown, and their never-ending quest for excitement.
The Irish Film Board has agreed to partly fund the big screen adventure, and has already granted the film a €175,000 production loan.