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Bill Nighy replaced Alan Rickman in film

AAP logoAAP 11/09/2016 By David Mercer, Press Association, in Toronto

British actor Bill Nighy says he's "proud" to fill the role intended for the late Alan Rickman in his latest film, The Limehouse Golem.

Rickman, who died of pancreatic cancer in January aged 69, was set to star in the adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's novel but was forced to pull out before his death due to his illness.

Nighy, 66, said he was a "great admirer" of Rickman after taking over the role of police inspector John Kildare, who investigates a series of brutal killings in Victorian-era London.

"I didn't have any reservations (about taking on the part), he told the Press Association in Canada.

"I was very proud to be considered in those terms. I knew Alan reasonably well and I was a great admirer, like everyone else who came into contact with him.

"At the time we didn't really know how ill he was. Obviously it was a great loss to everybody."

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