Tuesday 24 October 2017

Zombie mania hits Glasgow as Pitt arrives to begin filming

Karl Mansfield in Glasgow

Hollywood star Brad Pitt travelled to Scotland on a private train yesterday to shoot scenes for a new zombie movie.

The actor travelled on a Virgin train from London to Glasgow Central station with his partner Angelina Jolie.

Parts of Glasgow city centre are being turned into streets resembling the US city of Philadelphia for the 'World War Z' movie.

Silver people-carriers were allowed on to platform 11 at the station to take Pitt and Jolie away after they arrived at around 2.30pm.

Crowds were kept more than five metres away from the beginning of the platform and views were blocked by one of the vehicles.

Elsewhere in the city work crews were putting up yellow traffic lights, while yellow taxis and white Philadelphia police cars were parked around the city's George Square -- a few streets from the station.

Signs for 16th street and 'J F Kennedy Bl' were also visible in the area.

Glasgow City Council said the production would involve almost 1,200 people when on location, and the impact on the local economy was likely to be more than £2m (€2.2m).

Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: 'It is amazing to see all this work by the film crew to transform our city into a little slice of America."

'World War Z' is due to be released next year.

Irish Independent

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