'Avengers' shoot in SA postponed
Scenes for the highly-anticipated sequel are being shot in the Johannesburg CBD.
JOHANNESBURG Shooting of The Avengers sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron has been cancelled for today and road closures will only come into effect at around 6pm tomorrow night.
The highly-anticipated sequel, which is scheduled for release in May 2015, will bring the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains Ultron.
Parts of Commissioner, Sauer, and Albertina Sisulu streets in the Johannesburg CBD will be closed during filming.
Action photography sequences will be filmed throughout the city this week, however the movies stars including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson will not be in town during the shooting.
Johannesburg Mayor Parks Taus spokesperson Fred Mokoko says this is a very exciting time for the city.
Its good for the economy and its good for filmmaking and the film industry in South Africa.
TheGauteng Film Commission(GFC) says Johannesburgs image will get a major boost once moviegoers around the world see images of the city used in the Avengers sequel Avengers Age of Ultron.
The GFCs Desmond Mthembu says this presents a great opportunity to showcase Gauteng.
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.
He adds the filming be an economic boost to the province as local actors will be employed as extras on the film set and shops in areas that have been blocked off for filming will remain open.
The Avengers was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.
Several high-profile films have been shot in South Africa over the years including Mandela: Long Walk to Freedo_,_Safe Hous_, Blood Diamond and Invictus.
The Giver, the science fiction fantasy based on Lois Lowrys bestseller, was also recently shot in Cape Town.
South African born Neill Blomkamp is also shooting his latest movie Chappie in South Africa.
The cast includes Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver.