|PRAGUE - Principal photography has begun on “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” starring Sean Connery, and based on the acclaimed graphic serial strips by Alan Moore (From Hell) and Kevin O’ Neill. Directed by Stephen Norrington (“Blade”) from a screenplay by James Robinson, the film is produced by Don Murphy (“From Hell,” “Natural Born Killers”) and executive produced by Trevor Albert and Mark Gordon. The line producer is Mike Nelson.|
Set in Victorian England, the film centers around a team of extraordinary figures culled from great adventure literature who are recruited by a mysterious caller to stop a villain intent on turning the nations of the world against one another. This remarkable coterie of heroes is led by Allan Quartermain (Connery) and comprises Dracula vampiress Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), the Invisible Man (Tony Curran), Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde (Jason Flemyng), Tom Sawyer (Shane West), Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), and Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend).
Filmmakers include director of photography Dan Lausten (“Giselle”), production designer Carol Spier (“Blade 2: Bloodhunt”), costume designer Jacqueline West (“Quills”), and Oscar nominated editor Paul Rubell (“The Insider”). The film’s extensive visual effects are being designed by Academy Award winner Janek Sirrs (“The Matrix”), while Steve Johnson (“Blade 2“) and his Edge FX are creating creature designs for the characters of Mr. Hyde and vampiress Mina Harker, along with special fx makeup for Dorian Gray and the Invisible Man.
Principal photography on the 17-week shoot will occur almost entirely in Prague, with additional shooting in Vienna and Malta, concluding in late October.
The more I hear about this movie, the more excited I get. I gotta pick up the novel!