Filming wraps on new action thriller in Connemara

Wilds of Connemara ... perfect backdrop in this scene from Pilgrimage

Filming of a new action thriller set in the 13th Century – much of which was shot in Leenane – has been completed.

Award-winning Irish director Brendan Muldowney and up-and-coming British TV and movies stars Jon Bernthal and Richard Armitage were amongst the cast and crew who have been filming in Connemara and South Mayo over the past seven weeks.

Scenes of the stars in mountainous and country terrain are expected to form a major part of ‘Pilgrimage’, which will be heavily promoted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and the American Film Market in November.

It tells the story of a band of monks on a perilous journey to escort their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome – a rock used in the martyrdom of St Matthias, the thirteenth apostle.

When the true significance of the relic is revealed, the journey becomes much more treacherous, and the group’s faith and loyalty to one another are tested.

The movie – due for release next year – also features Tom Holland, who has been shortlisted to play Spider-Man in next year’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

As well as the west coast of Ireland, filming also took place in the Ardennes region of Belgium.