DENZEL’S CAPE TOWN THRILLER
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IT’S GOING to be a star-filled summer in Cape Town. In the coming weeks the city’s film industry will host Oscarwinner Denzel Washington, Hollywood hottie Ryan Reynolds and rising stars Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby.
Washington and Reynolds will be here to shoot the action movie Safe House and Urban ( Star Trek, Lord of the Rings) and Thirlby ( Juno) will be starring in Dredd, a 3D sci-fi movie also being filmed locally.
Safe House, which is in preproduction, will be directed by Daniel Espinosa and starts filming in February, according to industry sources. Washington’s co-star, Ryan Reynolds, recently wrapped the superhero epic Green Lantern.
Safe House is about a young CIA agent (Reynolds) who must transport a dangerous criminal (Washington) to safety after they are attacked at a safe house.
The makers of District 9 and the hit British movies Love, Actually, The Beach and The Last King of Scotland are in Cape Town to film Dredd, based on the British sci-fi comic book character Judge Dredd.
Urban plays the futuristic lawman in the 3D film which co-stars Thirlby. Dredd starts shooting this month at the city’s R400 million Cape Town Film Studio. Dredd is being produced by DNA Films and co- produced by District 9’ s Michael Murphy. Pete Travis ( Vantage Point) is directing from a script by Danny Boyle collaborator Alex Garland.
Cape Town Film Studio’s head Nico Dekker said landing Dredd was a “major scoop” as this is the first time this kind of cutting-edge 3D film-making technology is being used here. “It is incredible – there are between 400 and 600 people at work here every day. They are using the whole studio, 17 000 square feet, and four sound stages. A tremendous amount of skills are being transferred to the people working in the local industry in the making of this film.”
This week local production company Moonlighting Films confirmed it had a major Holly- wood feature film on the cards for next year. The company’s CEO Philip Key said “it’s big” but their contract prevented him from disclosing details.