NI actor Stephen Hagan stars in Biblical epic Risen

Stephen Hagan (left) stars alongside Joseph Fiennes in Risen
Stephen Hagan (left) stars alongside Joseph Fiennes in Risen

A Co Antrim actor has told of his delight at starring in an ‘epic’ multi-million dollar movie which hits cinemas across the UK on Friday.

Greenisland actor Stephen Hagan will be entertaining thousands of moviegoers in Columbia Pictures’ new movie Risen where the epic biblical story of the Resurrection is told through the eyes of a non-believer.

Stephen Hagan said Risen is an epic story told on an epic scale

Stephen Hagan said Risen is an epic story told on an epic scale

Explaining his role in the film, the 31-year-old actor said: “I play the role of Bartholomew, one of the Brotherhood of Apostles in Risen.

“The costume and make up helped bring the character to life. But the main thing for me was making him as normal as possible so that today’s audience could relate to the extreme situation he finds himself in.

“Shooting in desert and beach locations in Malta and Almeria in Spain brought the script to screen in the way that the producer and director had envisaged and without the use of computer-generated imagery. It made our job as actors much easier.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience – it would be impossible not to – it is an epic story told on an epic scale and I got to work with a very talented cast and a fantastic production team.”

Mr Hagan currently stars in Sky 1’s drama, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man alongside fellow Northern Ireland talent James Nesbitt.

In Risen he stars alongside Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Tom Felton (Harry Potter) and Peter Firth (The Hunt for Red October).