Actor Colm Meaney to star as Martin McGuinness

Colm Meaney
Colm Meaney

Actor Colm Meaney is believed to be at an “advanced stage” of talks to appear in a new movie about the late First Minister Ian Paisley and current Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

The Dublin born star, best known for his roles in the TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – as well as films such as The Commitments, Con Air and The Damned United – is in talks to take on the role of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness in Nick Hamm’s The Journey.

According to the BBC Mr Meaney will star alongside English actor Timothy Spall who will take on the larger-than-life character of Ian Paisley.

The film, which will begin shooting across the country this autumn, is written by County Down novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman and tells a story of how the two opposing political figures develop a bond of friendship during their political journey.

Mr Meaney supported Mr McGuinness in his bid to become president of Ireland in 2011.

Previously it was speculated that Liam Neeson and Sir Kenneth Branagh were being lined up to play the two roles.