News Jul 12, 2011

Ridley Scott Filming in Iceland

Filming for Ridley Scott’s new movie, Promethius began yesterday 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. Actresses Lisbeth Salander and Noomi Rice are also gracing Iceland with their 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”.

Read more here.