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Stone of Destiny film under way
Stone of Destiny film set
The film will be released in cinemas next year
A movie about the theft of the Stone of Destiny starring Hollywood actors has begun filming in Arbroath.

Four Glasgow students took the stone from Westminster Abbey on Christmas Day 1950, sparking an international search.

The film is being directed by Untouchables and American Graffiti actor Charlie Martin Smith.

It will star English actor Charlie Cox as Ian Hamilton, the ringleader of the nationalist students who removed the stone.

Scottish actors Billy Boyd, of Lord of the Rings fame, and Trainspotting star Robert Carlyleis also to appear in the film.

Mr Hamilton and three friends hid the stone, reputed to date back to Biblical times, in Arbroath Abbey, before tipping off the police.

Ladder to heaven

The 450lb piece sandstone, also known as the Stone of Scone, was returned to Edinburgh Castle in 1996.

The movie, which has been billed as an "adventure comedy", has a budget of about 6m and is expected to hit the big screen next year.

As well as Arbroath Abbey, where the Scottish declaration on independence was signed, it will be filmed at the Film City studio, formerly Govan Town Hall, and other locations in the Glasgow area.

The legendary Stone of Destiny, which was said to have been used as a pillow by Jacob while he was dreaming of a ladder to heaven, was used in the coronation of Scottish kings before being removed by Edward I of England in 1296.

Mr Hamilton, who went on to become one of Scotland's top QCs, and friends Gavin Vernon, Kay Matheson and Alan Stuart were never prosecuted for the raid on Westminster Abbey.

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