It was over a year ago that word was Marvel was scouting out locations in Cape Town, South Africa for Avengers: Age of Ultron. We haven’t heard anything about it recently and many assumed it was a done deal.
According to Channel 24 it seems Marvel has decided to go with Johannesburg instead:
“We’re thrilled that Marvel Studios is bringing a major motion picture project to Johannesburg, and we’re committed to showing them the very best our region has to offer. We are excited to host Marvel; strengthens Johannesburg’s position as a worldwide film production centre with first class facilities and production support. It also has a very positive impact for the region and is a great opportunity for the city to be showcased to a worldwide audience.”
The report goes on to say that the filming in South Africa will not involve the principal cast, but will be “action photography sequences.”
The filming is set for later this month. Age of Ultron will also film in several parts of Italy, South Korea, and London, England this March.
One wonders whether they will tease the fictional Marvel African nation of Wakanda, home of the Black Panther. Wakanda is also the source of vibranium, a special metal, which might be what Ultron is made of.
The Whedon sequel stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and James Spader.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1, 2015
Source: Channel 24 (via CBM)