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December: London on Screen and Filming

Date posted: 06.12.2019

On Screen

The hugely anticipated and final chapter in the Skywalker saga, Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, will finally hit cinemas this month. Concluding nine films that have spanned just over four decades, the surviving Resistance will face the First Order for one final battle. As with the two previous films in the sequel trilogy, filming took place at Pinewood Studios.

Also out this December is the equally anticipated Cats, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper and adapted from the world-renowned musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and poems by T.S Eliot. Filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden with a star-studded cast including Taylor Swift, Dame Judi Dench and Idris Elba, a tribe of cats called the Jellicles must decide which of them will ascend to the Heaviside Layer (Heaven) and come back to a new life.

On TV, BBC and FX’s A Christmas Carol, which shot scenes in Camden, Havering, City of London and Westminster back in June, will air over Christmas. An adaptation of Charles Dicken’s famous story of the same name, Guy Pearce stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, who one night is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come to highlight how his cruel behaviour has affected those around him.

BBC and Netflix’s horror series Dracula, which filmed scenes in Lewisham, Southwark and Westminster back in March, is set to broadcast three episodes across three consecutive nights. Set in 1897 Transylvania, the famous blood-drinking Count draws his plans against Victorian London…

Filming

Revenge thriller Cash Truck, directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham, starts filming this month. Based on the original 2004 French film Le Convoyeur, the film follows mysterious man H (Statham) who works for a truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.

For more information on Film and TV productions currently filming in the capital, head over to the Filming in London feature, updated monthly by the Greater London Authority.

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