Actors Jon Bernthal, Richard Armitage, and Tom Holland have joined the cast of Brendan Muldowney’s new historical epic Pilgrimage.

The film follows a small group of monks who begin a reluctant pilgrimage across an island torn between centuries of tribal warfare and the growing power of Norman invaders. Escorting their monastery’s holiest relic to Rome, the monks’ progress is seen through the eyes of a pious young novice and a mute lay-brother with a violent past.

The seven-week shoot starts in April, with filming on Ireland’s west coast and in the Ardennes region of Belgium. The script comes from Jamie Hannigan, with Muldowney’s Love Eternal cinematographer Tom Comerford returning.

Pilgrimage is an Irish/Belgian co-production with Conor Barry and John Keville of Dublin-based Savage Productions and Benoit Roland of Wrong Men North as producers. Financing comes from the Irish Film Board, Creative Europe, Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland, Wallimages, and the Wallonia Cultural Fund.

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