Parts of Marvel’s Avengers sequel to be shot in Joburg

2014-02-01 14:47

South African movie fans could be in for a treat as it was announced on Saturday that parts of superhero adventure Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron will be shot in Johannesburg and other parts of Gauteng.

The film is a follow-up to Joss Whedon’s megahit film The Avengers and is set for release in 2015.

Action photography sequences will be shot throughout the city, but will not include principle cast members such as Scarlett Johansson or Chris Hemsworth.

The production is scheduled to begin in mid-February and last for two weeks.

The first Avengers was the fastest film ever to gross $1 billion (R11 billion) at the box office worldwide and is the third-highest grossing film of all time.

“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 Gauteng Film Commission CEO Ms Phindile Mbanujwa.

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau said: “We are excited to host Marvel... It 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.”

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