Take 1: Gerard Depardieu set to make movie in Drogheda
MORE than 300 cast and crew will descend on Drogheda later this month as filming gets under way at Listoke Gardens of the €50m budget film 'Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia'.
The Ballymakenny Gardens, owned by Patrick and Patricia Barrow, were chosen from a shortlist compiled by the filmmakers and the influx of people involved in the film is likely to generate substantial revenue for the local economy, the Drogheda Independent reports.
The film is the fourth instalment in the Astérix and Obélix franchise, staring french actor Gerard Depardieu.
'They will be starting to do something in the garden next week to prepare the set,' said Patricia Barrow.
'They want the garden to be quite overgrown so that it is authentic, it is supposed to be the queen of England's garden in Roman times. They want us to leave the hedges and lawns and tennis court and not do anything to them.'
Filming at Listoke is expected to start on August 25th and will last for just under a week.
The gardens, which are maintained solely by Patrica and Patrick, will remain open until filming begins.
'There will be about 300 people involved I think, there is a big camera crew, all the actors and a lot of technicians because this is a 3D film so there will be a lot of equipment,' said Patricia.
'I don't know where the principles are staying, whether they will be in Drogheda or Dublin, I haven't heard anything like that but having so many people coming into town is certainly a boost for the area and hopefully people will come after August to see where the filming took place.'
- Fiona MAGENNIS