Ridley Scott sci-fi blockbuster being shot at Larne’s Cairndhu House

Work is being carried out to prepare Cairndhu House for a movie shoot this summer.  INLT 24-690-CON
Work is being carried out to prepare Cairndhu House for a movie shoot this summer. INLT 24-690-CON

A Larne mansion is set to feature in an upcoming movie produced by legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott.

Cairndhu House, the once-grand and regal building located just off the Coast Road, has lain abandoned for years and has fallen into a state of extreme disrepair.

Built almost 140 years ago as a summer house, the property is now nothing more than a broken shell that has been abandoned to the elements. Feature fireplaces, an ornate staircase and other fittings have been either stolen or subjected to the ravages of the weather.

But work is already underway to prepare the derelict and dilapidated property for a film crew to arrive this summer to shoot scenes for a sci-fi thriller dubbed Morgan.

When the Larne Times visited the site on Friday, workers were busy unloading wheelbarrows full of stones onto the lane approaching the formerly majestic house.

It is not known how many scenes will be filmed at the site, but the Times understands that work is being carried out to prepare part of the interior of the property.

Hollywood A-lister Kate Mara is attached to star in the project, and Ridley Scott’s son Luke is on board to make his feature directorial debut.

The story centres on a corporate risk-management consultant who is summoned to a remote research lab to determine whether or not to terminate an at-risk artificial being.