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Filming of the Obamas’ Netflix dark comedy-thriller begins this week in West Cork

West Cork is set to rival Hollywood as the Netflix comedy-thriller, which counts Barack and Michelle Obama among its executive producers, begins filming this week.

Bodkin’, the working title of a seven-part series, represents the first major production between Obama and the world’s TV streaming giant.

Filming on the production will begin this week and the Netflix team is expected to be in West Cork for several weeks.

The dark comedy-thriller is expected to air in 2023.

The reason West Cork was chosen remains a closely guarded secret – but the proud local filmmaking relating to the selection of idyllic fishing ports is believed to have been instrumental in selecting the area.

‘Bodkin’ is described by Netflix as “a dark comedic thriller about an inspiring crew of podcasters who set out to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three strangers in an idyllic coastal Irish town.” Is kept.

“But once they start pulling the threads, they discover a story they never imagined.

“As our protagonists try to decipher fact from fiction — about the case, about their allies, and, most painfully, themselves — the series challenges our perception of truth and uncovers those stories. is what we tell ourselves to justify our beliefs or validate our fears.”


Michelle Obama. Photo: Jim Young

The cast boasts a multinational range of talent with Irish stars including Dublin’s Siobhan Cullen, who starred in “The Dry” and “The Limehouse Golem”, Cork’s Chris Wally, who was best known for “The Young Offenders” and Dublin’s David Wilmott. Known for having starred in ‘The’. Guard’ and ‘The Alienist’.

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Other stars include Will Forte and Robin Cara.

It is not known whether Barack and Michelle Obama will travel to Ireland for any production operations.

Local sources said it is not certain they will travel as most of the production and editing will take place overseas.

Obama’s involvement is through his production company, Higher Ground, which will see him embark on a wide range of projects with Netflix.

Wild Atlantic Pictures and YIP are also involved in the project as production companies.

The strong Irish ties are further underscored by the addition of Dublin’s David Flynn to executive producers.

“Bodkin” will feature seven episodes, with most of the filming taking place at Union Hall and Glandor in West Cork, which boasts some of the most stunning coastal scenery in Ireland.

The area is a busy fishing port, which Netflix producers believe will add realism and authenticity to the production.

However, both Dublin and Wicklow are also expected to attend the filming schedule.

Production is scheduled to last until the summer and ends sometime between September and November.

It is the first drama series of its kind to be filmed in Ireland by Netflix and Higher Ground – and Irish film executives hope it will lead to more work here.

Netflix previously filmed its documentary on the Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder in West Cork.

“Bodkin” was created by Jazz Scharf best known for “The Underream” and will be directed by Nash Edgerton.

West Cork’s business interests and locals alike were thrilled with the project.

The area already hosts the popular Fastnet Film Festival and was the chosen location for the shooting of the Irish independence war epic, ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’.

West Cork is no stranger to movie stars, with both Jeremy Irons and David Putnam making their homes in the area.

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