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Robbins' role in City of Ember
Tim Robbins
Oscar-winning actor Tim Robbins is to join the set of the children's science fiction film, City of Ember, which is being shot in Belfast.

Robbins is famous for his role as a man traumatised by childhood abuse in Mystic River and as the prisoner who got away in Shawshank Redemption.

He will star alongside Martin Landau and Bill Murray.

A former paint hall at Harland & Wolff's shipyard has been turned into a post-apocalypse city for the film.

The story comes from Jeanne du Prau's novel and the US$50m film is being made by PlayTone, which is owned by actor Tom Hanks.

DuPrau's novel centres around an underground city, the one known surviving settlement.

The city is the "only light in the dark world" which is slowly dying as supplies run low and the electrical system starts to fail.

The main characters are Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow, two 12-year-olds who watch as the light of Ember flickers and race to discover a way out.

Filming is currently taking place and is scheduled to last 16 weeks.

The film is being shot entirely in the studio and the Northern Ireland Film and Television Commission has said that the production is great news.

Six months of negotiations saw the Belfast location see off alternative sites in England, Romania, Prague and Berlin.

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