By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Marvel Studios has announced that key elements in the superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be filmed in Seoul, South Korea.
It said the filming of the “Avengers” sequel will create jobs for local extras, crews and vendors that is expected to benefit the Korean film industry.
|‘Avengers’ poster (Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios)|
In a statement posted on the studio’s website, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and producer of “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” described South Korea as “the perfect location for a movie of this magnitude because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture.”
Feige thanked Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for paving the way for project.
“We’re very excited to have the production in Korea, and also expect this to serve as the footstep of many more opportunities yet to come,” said Minister Yoo Jinryong.
Marvel Studios said besides South Korea, the production of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be based in London, United Kingdom, where parts of the film will also be shot. Other locations are Johannesburg, South Africa and Aosta Valley, Italy, with more to be announced soon.
Last month, it was reported that Korean actress Kim Soo Hyun would be a part of the cast of the film.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will star Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Also in the cast are Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and James Spader as Ultron.
The original “Avengers” earned $1.5 billion at the box office. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be released in the US on May 1, 2015.
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