Thursday 12 January 2012
Published: 25/11/2009 00:00 - Updated: 26/11/2009 07:36

Cathedral starring again in blockbuster

HOLLYWOOD stars are returning to Ely, the News can reveal.

Scenes for a new blockbuster starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Guy Pearce are being shot in Ely Cathedral.

The stars are set to arrive in the city tomorrow (Thursday, 26 November) when filming for The King's Speech begins.

Cathedral staff had hoped to keep the filming quiet in a bid to keep paparazzi at bay, but information was leaked earlier this week.

It has also been confirmed that filming will last for approximately a week.

The film, to be released next year, tells the story of the relationship between England's reluctant King, George VI, plagued by a nervous stammer, and the irreverent Australian speech therapist who helped him.

It is based on the true story of the present Queen's father and his friendship with speech therapist Lionel Logue.

Firth stars as George VI, with Carter playing his wife, the former Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

Guy Pearce will be playing Edward VIII.

The King's Speech also stars Sir Michael Gambon, Timothy Spall, Derek Jacobi and Jennifer Ehle.

It is the fifth time in four years that Ely has been used as a location for a major movie, with Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Other Man and a recent Bollywood film also shot at the city's historic cathedral.

The cathedral has been nominated as the Best Film and TV location in the East of England in the past.

Lesley Ann Thompson, the cathedral's marketing manager, said: "It is always exciting when the cathedral is used in hit movies and this is no exception.

"This is now the fifth screening we have had recently, which really does say something about the cathedral's appeal."

It is also thought that some Ely residents may be chosen to be extras in the film.

Scenes for the movie will also be shot at Bradford Bulls Stadium and Battersea Power Station.
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