Irish actress Jenn Murray, who starred in the IFB funded film Dorothy, has secured a leading role in the new remake of the BBC drama The Day Of The Triffids. The sci-fi tale about terrifying giant plants is adapted from the 1951 novel by John Wynham and the modern version will be penned by ER and Law & Order writer Patrick Harbinson. Murray will star alongside Vanessa Redgrave (Julia, Howard's End), Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, Desperate Housewives) and Joely Richardson (Nip/Tuck).
Whereas the BBC's 1981 The Day Of The Triffids was set in the late 20th century, this version will take place in 2011. Updating it for modern audiences, the two-part drama revolves around a hunt for alternative sources of energy after the world's fossil fuel supply runs out.
Belfast born teenager, Jenn Murray is currently in the UK filming scenes which are due to be aired late this year. Jenn, who has appeared in The Clinic, made her breakthrough with an outstanding performance as the title character in Dorothy, an IFB funded supernatural thriller. Her role as Dorothy was hailed by Screen International, the influential trade magazine, as a "tour de force", and also secured her an IFTA nomination in the Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category. The IFTA awards are due to take place on February 14th.
Dorothy will be screened this month as part of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.