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Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage, and Tom Holland join Brendan Muldowney’s ‘Pilgrimage’
24 Mar 2015 : Seán Brosnan
Brendan Muldowney
Jon Bernthal (‘The Walking Dead’), Richard Armitage (‘The Hobbit’) and Tom Holland (‘The Impossible’) have joined the cast of the Irish action-thriller ‘Pilgrimage’, which will be directed by Irish director Brendan Muldowney (‘Love Eternal’, ‘Savage’) this spring in Ireland, with support from the Irish Film Board (IFB).

Written by Jamie Hannigan - the film is scheduled to commence production in April 2015 and shoot for over seven weeks on the West Coast of Ireland and the Ardennes Region of Belgium.

Set in 13th century Ireland, ‘Pilgrimage’ follows a small group of monks as they undertake a treacherous pilgrimage to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome. But, as the true material, political and religious significance of the relic is revealed; the group’s journey becomes increasingly fraught with danger. Ultimately, the faith that binds the men together threatens to be the very same thing that will tear them apart.

‘Pilgrimage’ is one of a number of films to be produced this year with support from the IFB. 'The Truth Commissioner' has commenced production in Belfast and Dublin, and production activity has just wrapped on Jim Sheridan's ‘Secret Scripture’ starring Jack Reynor and ‘Love and Friendship’ starring Kate Beckinsdale and Chloe Sevigny.

Bernthal has enjoyed success as a series mainstay on ‘The Walking Dead’, in addition to recent prominent roles in David Ayer’s ‘Fury’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. Bernthal is also featured in ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’, which swept the top awards at Sundance and was acquired out of the festival by Fox Searchlight.

Richard Armitage is a classically trained English actor best known for his role as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy adaptation of ‘The Hobbit’, as well as his roles in television dramas ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Spooks’, and ‘Strike Back’. He is also set to appear as a series regular in the popular television drama ‘Hannibal’.

Tom Holland is an English actor best known for starring alongside Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in Juan Antonio Bayona’s ‘The Impossible’. He will next be seen in Ron Howard’s ‘In the Heart of the Sea’ opposite Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Brendan Gleeson. Tom also starred in Kevin McDonald’s ‘How I Live Now’ and ‘Locke’. Holland got his start playing the title role in Billy Elliott the Musical in London.

Muldowney’s multi award winning ‘Love Eternal’ won the Dublin Film Critics Circle Best Irish Feature Award at the recent Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. It originally premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh last summer, and has screened at over sixty festivals worldwide, including the Sydney Film Festival, Sitges and Busan.

The film will be produced by Conor Barry and John Keville of Savage Productions and Benoit Roland of Wrong Men North. XYZ will executive produce the film and handle worldwide sales rights. WME Global is co-representing the U.S. with XYZ.

‘Pilgrimage’ was developed with the assistance of the Irish Film Board and Creative Europe and will be financed by Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Wallimages and the Wallonia Cultural Fund.

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