AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Begins Filming in Johannesburg Tomorrow; No WAKANDA Expected
Not long ago, we found out that Joss Whedon was going to be taking the Avengers sequel to a larger, more global level, with filming set to take place in numerous locations around the globe, including Italy and South Korea. But it was the announcement that filming would take place in South Africa that really got people excited, as it was suspected that the fictional African country of Wakanda may be featured in the highly anticipated sequel. However, it doesn’t look like that’s the case.
It was learned today that filming will begin shooting tomorrow, February 11, in the city of Johannesburg, starting off with the filming of some action sequences. It is suspected that the first ten or so minutes of Age of Ultron will take place in Johannesburg, and will feature the Avengers taking on the villainous Baron Von Strucker, played by Dracula’s Thomas Kretschmann, who is said to be introducing the superhero team to the brother/sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, being played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, respectively.
The other bit of news coming from this is that they will be using the city of Johannesburg as the city of Johannesburg, not as the backdrop for the Wakanda, as some have speculated.
“The great thing about this movie is that they are shooting Johannesburg as Johannesburg. Often you will find filmmakers will shoot in Johannesburg and portray the location as Los Angeles. This time around the first 10 minutes of the film will be of Johannesburg,” Gauteng Film Commission’s (GFC) Desmond Mthembu, told EWN.
The site also states that the filming will not include the film’s stars, Robert Downy Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson, which means that this is indeed some principle photography work. The star power will probably be doing their filming at a later date.
Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Bettany, who was recently announced as playing the android Vision, and James Spader, who is playing the film’s main antagonist, Ultron. How these last two characters are connected, if at all, is still unknown. The film is slated for a 2015 release date.
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Source : SA Breaking News