Irish actor Pierce Brosnan will star as a Northern Ireland World War II veteran in the upcoming film “The Last Rifleman.”
Brosnan, a native of Drogheda in Co Louth, will play Artie Crawford, a veteran in a Northern Ireland nursing home who has just recently lost his wife. He decides to escape the care home and embark on a journey to France to pay final respects to his best friend on the anniversary of the D-Day landings, Variety reports.
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The film, written by Kevin Fitzpatrick, is inspired by the real-life story of Bernard Jordan, who at the age of 89 sneaked out of his East Sussex care home, boarded a bus, got on a ferry to France, and found his way to Normandy for the 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings in June 2014.
Writer Fitzpatrick said “Bernard Jordan’s daring journey caught the nation’s attention and highlighted the spirit that epitomized the Second World War generation."
He added: "I was enthralled by this story and the motives that drive a man near the end of his life on a quest to a place that must hold only painful memories.”
“The Last Rifleman” will be directed by Terry Loane.
"When I first read Kevin's screenplay, I found it to be a beautifully touching story with an honest heart and soul," said Loane.
“With the recent anniversary of the end of WWII, I feel the timing is perfect to tell this story, while an ever-diminishing handful of veterans are still with us to share their lives.”
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The film is supported by Northern Ireland Screen, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Principal photography will begin in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland this winter.