Steven Spielberg’s new movie will be shot in Wicklow

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Steven Spielberg's new movie will be shot at the Kilruddery estate, Wicklow. Photo copyright Gage Skidmore CC3

Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has chosen Wicklow, Ireland as the setting for his latest movie.

It is easy to see how the Wicklow Mountains and scenery would appeal to a director such as Spielberg but this isn’t an adventure or fantasy film, it will be a horror movie.

Many details of the film are shrouded in secrecy, but we know it is called The Turning and tells the story of a young nanny who is looking after two orphans in a spooky country mansion.

Steven Spielberg's new movie will be shot at the Kilruddery estate, Wicklow. Photo copyright Gage Skidmore CC3

It is based on the Henry James classic, The Turn Of The Screw.

The Turning will star Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, Mackenzie Davis, who has starred in The Martian and Bladerunner 2049, and seven-year-old child actress Brooklyn Prince.

It will be directed by Floria Sigismondi, who is best known for her 2010 biopic about the female rock band The Runaways, which starred Kristen Stewart.

Much of the movie will be shot in Wicklow and Spielberg has already flown to Ireland to begin work on the project.

So far he has been very secretive about the movie and has been keen to avoid any images from the set from being released to the public.

A range of tough security measures have been put in place at the Kilruddery Estate, where some of the movie will be shot.

Nobody is allowed near the set without clearance and the members of the crew that are allowed have had to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Its not the first Spielberg has visited Wicklow. He took Daniel Day Lewis on a pub crawl around Roundwood as he tried to convince him to play the 16th US President Abraham Lincoln.

Its just as well he did as Day Lewis won the third Oscar of his career for the performance in Lincoln.

Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling