Netflix’s new fantasy film School of Good and Evil officially launched on the streaming giant on Wednesday.
he long-awaited feature film production has been concentrated in Northern Ireland, with filming beginning in early 2021.
The film, based on the popular series of novels by Soman Chinani, stars leading actors including Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington and Laurence Fishburne.
The School of Good and Evil is now available on the streaming platform Netflix. As with most Netflix films, there are no plans for the film to be released in UK cinemas.
In the center of the story is a magical school where students are trained to become either heroes or villains.
The official synopsis reads: “Best friends Sophie and Agatha discover where the fairy-tale heritage goes to school: The School of Good and Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy-tale heroes and villains.
“With her ambitions for Princess Sophie, she knows she’ll be chosen for the School of Good and join the ranks of former students like Cinderella and Snow White.
“Meanwhile, Agatha, with her dark aesthetic, seems like a natural fit for the villains in the School of Evil.
“However, the fate of the girls soon changed: Sophie was thrown into the School of Evil, Agatha – into the School of Good. But what if the mistake is the first clue to who Sophie and Agatha really are?
“Their friendship will be put to the test in this exciting and comedic story, where the only way out of the fairy tale is to live it.”
Directed by Paul Feig, the fantasy stars Charlize Theron and Kerry Washington as Lady Leso and Professor Davie. The star-studded cast also includes Laurence Fishburne, Michelle Yeoh, Sophia Wiley and Sophia Ann Caruso.
Most of the filming took place at Belfast Harbor Studios and Loop Studios.
Other locations include St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast city centre, the Great Dog Wood near Derrygonnell in Co Fermanagh, the grand Mount Stewart Estate in Strangford Lough and Archdale Castle in Fermanagh.
The production is believed to have generated an investment of around £30m and provided up to 500 jobs for the local team.