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After hunting a serial killer in Belfast, Gillian takes aim at deadly robots in Donaghadee

May 20, 2013



KILLER robots are to launch a bid for world domination in a Northern Ireland seaside town -- with only Scully from The X-Files and a bunch of schoolchildren standing in their way.

The invasion starts next month when Hollywood stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Gillian Anderson start filming -- in Donaghadee.

The Pounds 14m Our Robot Overlords, due for release in summer 2014, focuses on a group of school kids battling killer robots.

Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben, star of Gandhi and Sexy Beast, plays Smthe and X-Files star Anderson takes on the role of Kate. Anderson is currently wowing TV audiences in the impressive and atmospheric Belfast-made crime series The Fall.

It couldn't be further away from Our Robot Overlords, which looks at what happens on Earth after it's been conquered by metal menaces from a distant galaxy, based in The Cube, a massive mothership that dominates the horizon. Survivors are confined to houses and must wear electronic implants, risking incineration by robot guards, merciless death machines, if they venture outside. News of Northern Ireland's latest film project emerged after residents of the Co Down town received letters over the weekend from Pinewood Films No.6 Ltd.

They were advised that there would be filming in the town's playground on June 5. The scene being shot involves a large crowd gathered in the playground and on the steps down to the harbour.

Donaghadee resident David Gordon told the Belfast Telegraph the pretty coastal town is "very useful when it comes to filming as it's one of the more picturesque locations in the province". "Divorcing Jack, Mickeybo And Me, Grabbers and countless other movies have been filmed in Donaghadee," David said.

"It was nice of the production team to let us know there might be disruption on the day."

Tim Haslam of Embankment Films added: "Robots will look like a big-budget studio film. Many doubted the feasibility - but great stories and good writing market-driven from early concept attract talent and financing."

profile US star Gillian Anderson has worked on a number of projects in Northern Ireland including The Mighty Celt and most recently the Belfast-made BBC Two crime thriller The Fall. The London-based actress, who shot to fame in the 1990s as Dana Scully in global hit The X-Files, has said in a number of interviews she loves Belfast and its directors, producers, actors and crew. She is expected back in Northern Ireland soon for filming on new sci-fi movie Our Robot Overlords.

Originally published by BY AMANDA POOLE.

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