Ridley Scott shooting movie by Hekla in Iceland

Filming for Ridley Scott’s new movie, Promethius began today at the foot of Iceland’s Hekla volcano.

“If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job,” director Ridley Scott told reporters at a short meeting in central Reykjavik before heading off to Hekla to film — less than a week after international media erroneously reported that Hekla was about to blow its top any moment. Scott said he did not lose any sleep over the ominous news reports.

The recording will last for the next two weeks and will feature Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron and X-Men hero Michael Fassbender. Actress Noomi Rice will also be gracing Iceland with her presence over the next fortnight with the film crew, who will also be filming at the Dettifoss waterfall — Europe’s most powerful by volume of water.

According to Frettabladid, the shoot is a massive undertaking and production costs in Iceland alone run to hundreds of millions of kronur; or several million euro. Ridley Scott did not, however, want to dwell on such matters. 160 Icelanders are involved in the shoot, as well as over 200 visitors to the country — a team Scott described as a “little film crew”.

The director confirmed that Iceland will not play the starring role in Promethius: “It will be 15 minutes in total, if all goes to plan. We are shooting the beginning of time.”

There has been a great deal of secrecy surrounding Promethius, with only a handfull of photographs of shooting so far in the UK having leaked out on the internet. Scott says the secrecy is important to him and film fans alike: “There is a lot of innovative and new stuff in the film and it would be a shame to ruin that [surprise] with leaks.”

Iceland was confirmed as a filming location somewhat late in the day, despite always having been a probable choice. “It is possible to find similar landscapes elsewhere in the world,” Scott explained. “But here it is so rough and ‘Jurassic-like’ and that proved decisive. Iceland is a massively beautiful country.”

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17 Responses to “Ridley Scott shooting movie by Hekla in Iceland”

  1. Alex says:

    Thanks Linda – an extremely good point well made! The error has now been changed.

  2. Linda G says:

    “Actresses Lisbeth Salander and Noomi Rice are also gracing Iceland with their presence…”

    Um, Lisbeth Salander is a fictional character from “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” that was played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. HOWEVER, Noomi is super-cool, and any scoops about this film are exciting!

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