The film adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s Miss Julie is to be filmed in Castle Coole, Fermanagh. Due for release in 2014, the film will star Colin Farrell, Jessica Chastain and Samantha Morton.
The $5.5 (£3.6) million budgeted film will be mostly shot in Castle Coole - an 18th century mansion and family home of the Earls of Belmore which was designed by James Wyatt and completed in 1798 - providing the perfect setting for the screen adaptation of the play.
Chastain is set to play the part of an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy who encourages her father’s valet (Farrell) to seduce her while Samantha Morton will play the Irish cook engaged to Farrell’s character. Originally set in Sweden and written in 1888, the film will be set over a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890 and directed by Norwegian actress turned director, Liv Ullmann.
Synnøve Hørsdal of Oslo-based Maipo Film along with co-producers Teun Hilte of London-based The Apocalypse Films Company Ltd and Rita Dagher's of Paris-based Senorita Films chose Fermanagh specifically because of “its beautiful natural setting” reveals The Impartial Reporter, saying that “After an extensive search across Europe, we selected County Fermanagh for its beautiful natural setting. It will form the perfect backdrop to Liv Ullmann's much anticipated adaption of Miss Julie and we look forward to presenting it to worldwide cinema audiences in all its glory".