Portrush beach under seige by Vikings

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Filming for adventure film Viking Destiny has been taking place at the Whiterocks, Portrush

As thousands of golf fans flocked to Portstewart for the Irish Open, its Co Antrim neighbour Portrush found itself under seige by norsemen as filming continued for Viking Destiny.

Locals and visitors enjoying the sun on the East Strand were left bemused as a viking longship landed at the Whiterocks before warriors battled it out on the beach for the adventure film, written and directed by David L.G. Hughes.will-mellor

The film which explores the lives and legendary crusades of Scandinavian explorers, features Raiders of the Lost Ark, Power Rangers and Hot Fuzz actor Paul Freeman; Ian Beattie from Game of ThronesWill Mellor from Hollyoaks, Casualty and Line of Duty and 6 foot 8′ bodybuilder turned actor Martyn Ford.

Cinematic icon Terence Stamp plays the lead role of Odin, god of war and wisdom. Stamp has starred in more than 60 films in his prolific career, ranging from Superman II to Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, Get Smart and Tim Burton’s recent Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

“I wrote the part of Odin with Terence Stamp’s photo on my desktop as inspiration,” said writer/director David Hughes.

“So actually having Terence play Odin in the movie is mind-bogglingly exciting.”

Viking Destiny centers on a young Norse girl, the rightful heir to the Viking kingdom, who is banished after she’s framed for the murder of her father, the king.

She travels the world with Odin to build up the army she needs to reclaim the throne.

Viking Destiny has been filming in Northern Ireland since April.

Article by Gillian Anderson from Belfast Live