Filming is underway on ‘The Journey,’ a “dramatic comedy” inspired by the improbable friendship between two Northern Ireland politicians – the late Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

The film stars Timothy Spall (‘Mr. Turner’) as DUP leader Paisley opposite Colm Meaney (‘The Damned United’) as Sinn Fein’s McGuinness, two implacable enemies 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.”

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Veteran actor John Hurt (‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’) co-stars as an accomplished political fixer overseeing the St. Andrews Agreement, with Toby Stephens (‘The Machine,’ ‘Black Sails’) in the role of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Freddie Highmore (‘Bates Motel,’ ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’), and ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Ian Beattie also co-star.

Nick Hamm (‘Killing Bono,’ ‘The Hole’) is behind the camera, directing from a script coming by County Down-born novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman (‘Divorcing Jack’).