Stars in Almeria to film new blockbuster

A MAJOR Hollywood movie project currently being filmed in Almeria has brought a whole host of stars to the city.

Clavius – a depiction of events based on the missing body of Christ following his crucifixion – has turned much of Almeria into a movie set and has witnessed some of the big screen’s top names pop up in locations around town.

And thousands of locals have been applying for roles as extras in the movie – due for general release in 2015 – in scenes reminiscent of Ridley Scott’s visit to the area to film Exodus last year.

Joseph Fiennes (pictured), Peter Firth, Maria Botto and Stephen Hagan all star in the Kevin Reynolds-directed biblical epic about the 50 days following Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection. Fiennes plays the lead role as an agnostic Roman centurion dispatched by Pontius Pilate to investigate the resurrection of Christ.

Some of the actors have been taking to Twitter to let their followers know just how enjoyable they are finding their time in Almeria. Stephen Hagan – the Northern Irish actor described by the New York Times as “an immensely promising talent” – treated his followers to a photo of the beautiful Playa de los Genoveses and tweeted: “A hard day at the office.”

And Maria Botto said: “Almeria is truly paradise. Such beauty.”

Just last year Almeria was struck with Hollywood fever as Ridley Scott came to town to film Exodus, starring Christian Bale and Aaron Paul. Both stars regularly took to Twitter to express their love of the area.

Hollywood’s love affair with Almeria won’t stop once Clavius is done, however. Arnold Schwarzenegger is due in the city to film the next Conan  movie. The star was in Almeria in September to receive an award and a star on the city’s Walk of Fame.

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