All’s quiet on movie set

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

It was mis­sion im­pos­si­ble look­ing for signs of movie stars on the high-coun­try moun­tain pass, Duf­fers Sad­dle, on Ne­vis Road, near Cromwell.

Ru­mours are swirling that the new­est Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble 6 movie, star­ring Tom Cruise, will be partly shot in the re­gion.

Sources have con­firmed New Zealand will stand in for Iraq in the film, but the film lo­ca­tions have re­mained un­der wraps. How­ever, last Fri­day a se­cu­rity guard was po­si­tioned at the Duf­fers Sad­dle lo­ca­tion where por­ta­ble toi­lets, a mar­quee had been set up and barbed wire fence sur­rounded mil­i­tary-style struc­tures.

Last month, Stuff vis­ited a site in the Rees Valley, a re­mote part of Cen­tral Otago 30 min­utes from Glenorchy where an area of the rugged moun­tain valley was cor­doned off and con­struc­tion had be­gun on a range of house-sized build­ings.

The lo­ca­tion was re­mote, with some parts of the road ac­ces­si­ble only to 4WD ve­hi­cles.

A source at the scene said con­struc­tion had be­gun a ‘‘cou­ple of weeks ago’’, and the set was on pri­vate prop­erty.

Cruise’s co-stars on the film in­clude Re­becca Fer­gu­son, Si­mon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Alec Bald­win, Sean Har­ris and Henry Cav­ill.

Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble 6, di­rected by Christo­pher McQuar­rie, is due for re­lease in July next year.

JO MCKENZIE-MCLEAN

Duf­fers Sad­dle, on Ne­vis Road, has be­come a movie set. Ru­mours are swirling it is for the new­est Mis­sion Im­pos­si­ble movie.

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