THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Confirms South Africa Filming But Not In Cape Town
An earlier press release from Marvel Studios suggested that principal photography on The Avengers: Age of Ultron wouldn't start until March, but now it seems that start-date was for its production in the United Kingdom. Following several indications of shooting taking place in South Africa, it's now been confirmed that the Joss Whedon-directed Marvel sequel will be filmed in and around parts of Johannesburg, Gauteng for two weeks, starting later this month. “We’re thrilled that Marvel Studios is bringing a major motion picture project to Johannesburg, and we’re committed to showing them the very best our region has to offer,” said the CEO of Gauteng Film Commission. The city's Mayor also commented: “We are excited to host Marvel; strengthens Johannesburg’s position as a worldwide film production centre with first class facilities and production support. It also has a very positive impact for the region and is a great opportunity for the city to be showcased to a worldwide audience.” The report further reveals that the scenes filmed in South Africa will not involve any of the principal cast members, however, they will be “action photography sequences.” Anyhow, there's still no word on whether the country is doubling for another location, or the fictional African nation of Wakanda, but The Avengers: Age of Ultron is also scheduled to film in several parts of Italy, South Korea, and England this spring. What do you think?
It was initially reported that Marvel and writer-director Joss Whedon had scouted Cape town, but now a local film commission announces The Avengers sequel will shoot in another South African city!
The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, with Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader. The anticipated film is set to release on May 1, 2015.
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