FAMOUS faces have made Dunfermline their home for the week for the filming of a historical epic.

Chris Pine stars as Robert the Bruce in the new original Netflix movie slated for release next year.

He portrays Robert the Bruce as he fights to regain control having been crowned King of Scots, only to be defeated in a surprise attack and made an outlaw by the English King and his occupying forces.

Dunfermline Abbey now serves as his final resting place.

The Abbey bells were switched off off yesterday (Wednesday) ahead of the filming.

The nave of the Abbey closed on Monday and will reopen tomorrow with the Abbey Church closed yesterday to visitors and congregation members.

As a result of the filming, two car parks closed briefly, with St Margaret’s Street upper car park currently closed until Monday.

On St Catherine’s Wynd, 16 paid parking bays are for the Sigma Films’ crew sole use on Monday and Tuesday.

The whole road is closed until Sunday.

The feature film is produced by long-time film-making partners David Mackenzie and Gillian Berrie via their production company Sigma Films, and Richard Brown and Steve Golin, of Anonymous Content.

David Mackenzie, director, said: “I am so happy to have the opportunity to dig deep into the story of Robert the Bruce and to discover some of the truths that often get obscured by legend. 

“This is my sixth feature film shot in Scotland and autumn is my favourite time of year to shoot so I am excited to bring this film to light in the beautiful Scottish elements – come rain, shine, storm or snow.

"I am proud that our little Glasgow-based production company, Sigma films, has been able to make this film and thank Netflix for letting us do it.”

He continued: “I am also delighted that Chris Pine, with whom I had a great time on our last film, has joined our Scottish and international cast and crew including the excellent Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the exciting emerging talent of Florence Pugh and Billy Howle. 

“I know Chris will bring intensity and flair to Robert the Bruce and his struggle to take back his country, being crowned King of Scots, then suffering a disastrous defeat and left on the run with just a handful of supporters only to claw his way, with bravery and cunning, back to victory. This was an early form of guerilla warfare against the might of a vastly bigger better resourced enemy and is one of the great comeback stories of history.”