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Portman stars in Belfast blockbuster

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is to star in Your Highness

Top Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has booked her trip to Belfast to star in the multi-million dollar film, Your Highness.

It will be shot in Belfast's Paint Hall, a studio facility in the city's Titanic Quarter, in July.

Universal Pictures is funding the comedy, described as a "tale of two spoiled and arrogant princes in a medieval fantasy setting".

James Franco, who starred in Spiderman, will play one of the princes.

Danny McBride, who wrote the script with Ben Best, plays the other prince who is lazy and arrogant.

The two princes must complete a quest to save the kingdom.

Portman, famous for her roles in Star Wars and the Other Boleyn Girl, will play a warrior princess with whom the lazy prince falls in love.

It is estimated that the film could be worth £10m to the local economy, employing hundreds of cast, crew and extras from Northern Ireland.

Richard Williams, of Northern Ireland Screen, travelled to Hollywood with the first and deputy first ministers, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness, in March to promote Northern Ireland as a film location.

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