‘Bond 25’ Will Be Filming in Matera, Italy in Late July; Other Locations Include Norway, Jamaica, & U.K.

The upcoming ‘Bond 25’ (not called ‘Shatterhand’) just got an update for filming locations. The film will be shooting in Matera, Italy in late July, as well as Norway, Jamaica, and Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom.

The Matera shoot is for the prologue action sequence, while they’ll use Norway for a frozen lake before it thaws. The latter footage will be a part of the pre-credit scenes. Principal filming will take place in Jamaica and Pinewood Studios.

Moreover, Cary Joji Fukunaga (‘True Detective,’ ‘Maniac’) will be helming Daniel Craig’s last outing as the titular character. Danny Boyle was originally going to direct the film, but creative differences drove him away from the project. Thus, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade came back to finish what they started all the way back in ‘Casino Royale.’ Along with that film, they wrote all of Craig’s other ‘Bond’ movies: ‘Quantum of Solace,’ ‘Skyfall,’ and ‘Spectre.’ Fukunaga also had his own draft of the screenplay. However, Scott Z. Burns (‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ ‘Contagion’) was brought on for rewrites last month.

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Variety recently gave an update on the script:

“Fukunaga turned in his recent draft at the beginning of the year, and while reports surfaced that major rewrite work was done to the script [by Burns], sources say no significant changes were made, and the producers and Craig were excited with what Fukunaga had delivered.”

Returning cast members include Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw. Meanwhile, Billy Magnussen is the top choice for a CIA operative, while Rami Malek is in talks for the villain.

Further, with new a April 8, 2020 release, ‘Bond 25’ has the Easter weekend all to itself now, instead of the previous Valentine’s Day weekend date. However, who knows what will happen next, as it currently needs to meet its April deadline to begin filming.

Source: Variety and The Daily Mail

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