Filming for sixth Fast and Furious movie blockbuster to take place in Glasgow
Published by Simon Gwynn on Thu 02 Aug 12 @ 11:56
It has been confirmed that Glasgow has been chosen as location filming for another Hollywood movie.
Around 250 extras will be involved in shooting scenes at night for The Fast and the Furious 6 in the city between late August and early September.
The decision to bring the sixth movie installment of the Fast and the Furious action franchise to Glasgow was taken by the film's production team following a meeting earlier this year with the city council's Glasgow Film Office.
The movie will feature Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Paul Walker, with Glasgow starring as an unnamed European city.
Although none of the stars will be in Glasgow, with the shooting being carried out by the film's second unit, the local authority said the movie "will bring a significant economic impact to the city".
Residents and businesses in Cadogan Street and Broomielaw, where filming will take place, have already been consulted. They will be notified of filming and production details nearer the time.
Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "It is great to see the city attracting another movie of this size so soon after our marvellous success in 2011.
"We look forward to seeing the Fast 6 shoots here and giving them a great Glasgow welcome."
This news comes around a year after the city hosted filming for Hollywood movie World War Z starring Brad Pitt. Filming for this movie alone brought more that £3m into the local economy. Shooting on location in the city centre went on for more than two weeks, with a cast and crew of around 1,200 people.
Glasgow Film Office (GFO) has calculated that Hollywood films and other productions boosted the city's economy by £20.15m in 2011.
Cloud Atlas, starring Halle Berry; Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson; and TV production Young James generated almost £5.5m.
A further £2.2m was spent by low impact productions which had one or two-day shoots in the city.
Other films shot in the city in the past two years include Peter Mullan's Neds; Perfect Sense, starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green; The Decoy Bride with David Tennant; and movie-adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Filth, starring James McAvoy.
GFO said it received 311 location enquiries in 2011, which resulted in 225 productions being shot in the city.
It said 46% of these were TV projects, 7% films, 14% commercials, 6% short films and 26% miscellaneous projects, ranging from corporate productions to stills shoots.
Glasgow's distinctive Victorian architecture and "grid" street design, similar to many American cities, has proved attractive to movie-makers.
A GFO spokesman said: "The city has earned a good reputation among freelance location managers for the levels of co-operation and assistance they receive from the council departments - and other public bodies - responsible for key aspects of location shooting."