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Colm Meaney set to play Martin McGuinness in new 'Chuckle Brothers' film

The Dublin actor expressed his support for the Derry politician during the 2011 presidential election.

Image: Doug Peters/Niall Carsons/ PA Wire

DUBLIN ACTOR COLM Meaney is set to play Martin McGuinness in an upcoming film about the Sinn Féin politician’s relationship with Ian Paisley.

The film will focus on the period in the build up to the establishment of power sharing in 2007 that saw Sinn Féin and the DUP enter government together.

The role of Ian Paisley will be played by English actor Timothy Spall.

The project is being financed by IM Global which has said that filming is set to begin in mid-September on location in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

It is said that the film will focus on a fictional journey that brought about a friendship between the two men who stood at opposite ends of the Northern Irish political divide. The friendly relationship between the pair saw them nicknamed the Chuckle Brothers by the media.

Meaney previously gave his support to McGuinness when the Derry politician ran for the presidency of Ireland in 2011.

Meaney is known for his roles in the Barrytown trilogy of films, based on books by Roddy Doyle.

The script for the film will be written by Northern Irish novelist Colin Bateman with Nick Hamm (Killing Bono) directing.

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