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‘Bates Motel’ Star Freddy Highmore, John Hurt Join ‘The Journey’

IM Global film also adds Toby Stephens to cast

Freddy Highmore, John Hurt, and Toby Stephens have signed on to join IM Global’s “The Journey,” the company announced Thursday.

The film is a fictionalized account of the relationship between two implacable enemies, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, forced to take a short journey together in which they will take a leap of faith and change the course of modern Irish and British history.

It is at this moment that the future of Irish and British history is altered, as two sworn enemies put their past actions behind them and begin to forge a friendship that would lead to them being known as “The Chuckle Brothers.”

Stephens will play former Prime Minster Tony Blair, Highmore will play as Jack The Driver — a young government employee tasked to drive Paisley and McGuiness on their journey — and Oscar-nominated Hurt will play Harry, an accomplished veteran political fixer overseeing the St. Andrews Agreement.

Nick Hamm directed from a script by Colin Bateman. IM Global is fully financing the film through its Acclaim specialty division, with assistance from Lipsync and Northern Ireland Screen, and will also handle international sales.

Greenroom Entertainment, Hamm, Mark Huffam, and Piers Tempest are producing, with IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford and president of production Matt Jackson executive producing.

Stephens is repped by United Agents, Highmore is repped by Artists Rights Group, and Hurt is repped by Independent Talent.

TheWrap recently spoke with Highmore about his role on the A&E series “Bates Motel.” Watch the interview below.