Tipperary town 'off limits' as Hollywood stars descend

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Sarah Slater

A Tipperary town is set to be “off limits” to the public as Hollywood stars, including Matt Damon, are expected to descend in the coming days.

Filming on Ridley Scott’s film The Last Duel resumed earlier this month, when lead actor Matt Damon returned to Ireland from the United States.

The movie also stars Affleck, Adam Driver and Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer who was in Dublin two weeks ago.

Independent councillor Andy Moloney has announced that the Tipperary town of Cahir will be off limits for the duration of the filming of the historical drama.

A local car park has been booked by the film company since last week until October 9th, but it is “totally off limits" from next Sunday until October 1st when the main filming will take place.

Cllr Moloney said: “Hopefully we will get a glimpse of the high profile actors in the coming weeks and create the buzz in Cahir that we have become used to in the recent years.

“There have been many movies made in Cahir, the most popular is Excalibur, and the sword still remains in the stone in the Inch Field.”

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Up 1,000 film extras have been recruited from across the country for the movie with Covid-19 testing take place since work resumed on the project.

Casting recommenced on July 29th as last March the movie production team took “the decision to delay the start of principal photography in Ireland” due limits on indoor events to less than 100 people.

So far, filming has been taking place in Wicklow and Dublin on the film with a screenplay written by Mr Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener.

Mr Damon returned to the country late last month after spending almost three months here from early March to May 28th.

Medmark, the occupational health provider has been involved in carrying out testing. It is understood that no film extras tested positive for the virus despite hundreds being involved in the shoot.

The movie was originally scheduled to begin a limited theatrical release on December 25th this year, before a global launch on January 8th next year. However, as a result of the pandemic, the release date has been pushed back to October 15th next year.

Separately, filming for Valhalla, a spin-off to the hugely popular TV series Vikings, has been continuing in Wicklow since resuming last month. It is understood that close to 20 film extras have also tested positive for Covid-19.

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