First Image Revealed from ‘The Journey,’ Starring Timothy Spall

International sales and financing house IM Global has released the first image from “The Journey,” a dramatic comedy inspired by a turning point in British and Irish history. The film, which stars Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney, started shooting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, this week.

Spall won best actor at the Cannes Film Festival last year for “Mr. Turner.” Meaney’s credits include “Hell on Wheels” and “The Damned United.”

“The Journey” focuses on the improbable friendship between two Northern Ireland political titans and implacable enemies, Ian Paisley (Spall) and Martin McGuinness (Meaney), when forced to “take a short journey and the biggest leap of faith.” It is at this moment the future of British and Irish history is altered, as two sworn enemies put their past actions behind them, and begin to forge a friendship that would lead them to be known as “The Chuckle Brothers.”

The cast also includes Toby Stephens as Prime Minister Tony Blair, Freddie Highmore as Jack, The Driver, a young government employee tasked to drive Paisley and McGuinness on their journey, and John Hurt as Harry, an accomplished veteran political fixer overseeing the St. Andrews Agreement.

Nick Hamm (“The Hole,” “Killing Bono”) directs, from a script by Colin Bateman.

IM Global is financing the film through its Acclaim specialty division, in association with Lipsync and Northern Ireland Screen, and will also handle international sales.

Greenroom/Tempo Entertainment, Hamm, Mark Huffam, and Piers Tempest are producing, with IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and president of production Matt Jackson executive producing.

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