Dublin born Hollywood star Colm Meaney is set to play Derry Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness in a film it is understood.
Media reports have suggested that Mr Meaney is in advanced talks over the role in ‘The Journey’, to be filmed here this autumn. The film follows Mr McGuinness’s developing friendship with the late First Minister Ian Paisley.
The film is being written by County Down-born novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman.
The plot of the film centres on a fictional journey Mr Paisley and Mr McGuinness take together that leads them to forge a friendship.
Colm Meaney has played major roles both on screen and televsion including Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for more than a decade, becoming one of the show’s most prominent characters.
And he has also appeared in a number of hit films including The Commitments, Con Air, The Damned United and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.
Mr Meaney supported Mr McGuinness in his bid to become president of Ireland in 2011, and spoke at a rally in Dublin’s Mansion House alongside the Sinn Féin MLA.
English actor Timothy Spall is set to star opposite Mr Meaney as Dr Paisley.
It had been previously speculated that Liam Neeson would take on the role of the late Dr Paisley and Kenneth Brannagh the role of Martin McGuinness.