'Avengers' shoot in SA postponed

Scenes for the highly-anticipated sequel are being shot in the Johannesburg CBD.

'Avengers Age of Ultron' is scheduled for release in May 2015: Picture: Facebook.com.

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 movie's stars including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson will not be in town during the shooting.

Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau's spokesperson Fred Mokoko says this is a very exciting time for the city.

"It's good for the economy and it's good for filmmaking and the film industry in South Africa."

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) says Johannesburg's 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 GFC's 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 Freedom, Safe House, _Blood Diamond _and Invictus.

_The Giver, _the science fiction fantasy based on Lois Lowry's 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.