EIGHT new film and TV productions are filming in London this month! All-new ITV dramas starring Sophie Turner and Toby Jones are currently in production, as well as new seasons of hit shows The Diplomat and SAS: Rogue Heroes. A third Deadpool film and a Beetlejuice sequel have also started filming, adding to the stacked list of blockbuster films in production in London right now. As always, we've also listed the most exciting new films and TV shows featuring London on-screen this month. Read on to see where Idris Elba, Samuel L. Jackson and Emilia Clarke feature this month...
Kicking off the production list this month is Joan, a new six-part drama led by X-Men and Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner. This new true-crime drama is set in the ruthless and daring underworld of 1980s London where infamous jewel thief Joan Hannington, played by Turner, rises to notoriety as a criminal mastermind. The new series will premiere on ITVX, as viewers get the chance to relive the 1980s and follow the exploits that crowned the titular character as the 'Godmother' of London's underworld.
Another highly-anticipated ITV drama is filming in London this month. Mr Bates Vs The Post Office is another true-crime drama retelling the story of hundreds of postal workers wrongly accused of fraud in a case which was only resolved in 2019 after a 10-year legal battle. Toby Jones (Empire of Light / Tinker Tailor Solider Spy) stars in the show as Alan Bates, a former postmaster who got caught up in the fraud case, but refused to back down. The four-part series promises a thrilling watch as Bates campaigns for justice in the courtroom during one of Britain's most historic legal scandals.
SAS: Rogue Heroes is back for a second season! Based on the gripping true story, the hit-first season was brought to us by the creators of Peaky Blinders and starred Dominic West and Jack O'Connell. The first season filmed on location in Westminster and Morocco. This time around, the newly formed SAS turn their attentions from North Africa to Europe as the conflict on the continent threatens to boil over in 1943. The show's stellar cast will be returning as production has begun in London this June, with filming due to take place in Croatia as well.
Up next is Surface, which is also back for a second season at Apple TV+. Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays Sophie, a woman recovering from a serious head injury that induced a dangerous flood of memory loss that wiped away any semblance of her former identity. The psychological thriller sees Sophie return to her hometown in London for season 2, as she battles to unearth the secrets of her past life.
The Diplomat has also been renewed at Netflix for another season! The political thriller was a hit with critics and audiences alike, with Kerri Russell leading the show as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kate Wyler. Taking place throughout an international diplomatic crisis, the show gripped fans earlier this year with it's fast-paced and high-stakes episodes of political and personal conflict. After the shocking final scene of the show, the fact that a second season is now filming in London is definitely welcome news for viewers!
Onto the major films now and it's great news for Ryan Reynolds fans as Deadpool 3 is filming in London! Reynolds' foolish, foul-mouthed and reluctant superhero returns, alongside another icon of the big screen: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine! The latest film in the franchise will see Deadpool travel back in time to visit Jackman's Wolverine before his death. It's almost no surprise at this stage that this new superhero film will take us into the multiverse. This time, Deadpool will find himself lost in a different timeline where he makes a foe of Morbius (Jared Leto). The film also sees the return of Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Rob Delaney as Peter, and Brianna Hildebrand as the fantastically-named 'Negasonic Teenage Warhead', with Emma Corrin (The Crown / Lady Chatterley's Lover) and Mathew Macfadyen (Succession / Pride & Prejudice) introduced to the Marvel universe too. Filming is underway at Pinewood Studios, with further production set to take place in Vancouver, Canada.
A sequel to Tim Burton’s 1988 fantasy-comedy Beetlejuice has also started filming in London. Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are confirmed to be reprising their classic roles, alongside rising star Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) who joins the cast as Lydia Deetz's (Ryder) daughter. With filming take place in the capital over the last month, fans of the original will be excited to see the film release in September 2024!
Finally, Amateur is a new thriller starring Oscar-winner Rami Malek. Production on the new film is underway in London with Malek reportedly being joined by more award-winning stars of the silver screen including Caitriona Balfe, Rachel Brosnahan and Laurence Fishburne. The film sees Malek's Charles Heller, a CIA cryptographer, sketch out a plan for revenge against the terrorists who killed his wife. Slow Horses director James Hawes is at the helm of this new exciting action flick. Hawes is of course no stranger to filming in London with Slow Horses. At Film London's Creative Partnerships Day 2023, we welcomed the producers of Slow Horses for a very special panel revealing everything about the show's production in the capital. Click here to read all about Creative Partnerships Day 2023 and find out fascinating facts about Slow Horses such as how the team used over 100 locations in London on one season!
Coming to Disney Plus this month is Secret Invasion, the latest series from Marvel's expanding cinematic universe. The new show sees the long-awaited return of Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury who lands back on Earth amidst a sinister invasion of shapeshifting aliens known as Skrulls. Joining Jackson on the show is Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke, Ben Mendelsohn and Cobie Smulders who returns as former S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill. Many London locations have been infiltrated by the shapeshifting Skrulls on set of the show. These include Liverpool Street Station, Berners Tavern in Fitzrovia, Senate House in Bloomsbury and Electric Avenue in Brixton. Secret Invasion is out on June 21st on Disney Plus, so don't miss the next stage of the MCU's thrilling fifth phase!
Hijack is an exciting new Apple TV+ show releasing at the end of this month! Starring Idris Elba, Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Max Beesley (Homeland) and Christine Adams, Hijack is a high-altitude, high-stakes thriller that plays out in real time over a 7-hour flight from Dubai to London. When a group of hijackers take control of the cockpit, Elba steps up to coordinate a plan to retake the plane as authorities on the ground investigate the motives behind the mysterious group of assailants. The series filmed scenes in central and north London whilst a longer shoot took place at Symmetry Park in Aylesbury. Catch Hijack on June 28 on Apple TV+.
Bill Nighy's Living is coming to Amazon Prime Video on June 5 too. If you still haven't seen this heart-warming, London-themed take on Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru then this is your chance! Last year, we brought you in an-depth overview of what it was like filming in London on the production of Living. Film London’s Winona Navin-Holder spoke to Avril Shoreland, Deputy Secretary at The Athenæum and Angus Ledgerwood, Supervising Location Manager, about their experiences filming on location at the Athenæum. Click here to read all about it before you catch Living on Prime Video this month.
Finally, we're so excited that 2021 Film London Lodestars, Director Dionne Edwards and Producer Georgia Goggin’s debut feature Pretty Red Dress releases in UK cinemas on June 16! Pretty Red Dress features an acting debut from singer Alexandra Burke and introduces star performances from Natey Jones and Temilola Olatunbosun in a film that weaves music through an uplifting drama that handles themes of Black masculinity and family structures. We welcomed Dionne Edwards and Georgia Goggin at Film London's Creative Partnerships Day 2023, where Film London's Head of Talent Development and Production Jordan McGarry interviewed the star pair on their journey to Pretty Red Dress. Click here to read our overview of Creative Partnerships Day 2023 to find out more about the funding and production of Pretty Red Dressand go see the film in cinemas this month!
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