Aint it Cool have the scoop on this one, via The Man Who Japed. The tip-off came via the Sydney Herald that an overnight shoot would be taking place in Federal Park on Friday 29th of February.
The set was pretty cool. They had sealed off a fairly large section of the park and done it up as a carnival with lots of bright lights, some rides and a Ferris Wheel and various attractions. There were a lot of extras milling around in typical carnival attire such as mimes, clowns etc.
We saw someone who looked like Will.i.am from the Black Eyes Peas wearing a purple jacket and sporting an afro walking around the carnival set and conferring with the director, but what I found most interesting was the set dressing of the sideshow attraction. There was one that had a picture of a man with a beard in a top hat called Dr Freak advertising his freak show with a woman called ‘Elastina’ who I assume is going to be a mutant. There was also a three headed baby. It’ll be interesting to see how this ties in to the film.
In this first image you can see the references to Dr Freak and the three headed baby on the posters to the left, and the Elastina poster can be spotted in the third picture just sticking out from behind the ticket booth.
Kodi Smit-McPhee was originally set to play the miniature Hugh Jackman, however due to schedule clashes (he shall be shooting The Road) it seems he is no longer available to play the part. ComingSoon are reporting that young Troye Mellet from Perth has been chosen as his replacement.
We’ve got some more cast news for you, have you had enough yet? Variety report that the Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am (yes that’s his name) has gone from music to his first film role - playing John Wraith (aka Kestrel) - he has the power to teleport. And in a follow up article, they also confirm that Dominic Monaghan and Daniel Henney shall be playing Barnell Bohusk (aka Blackwing, Beak - with a humanoid bird form) and Agent Zero (aka David North, Maverick - with an ability to absorb kinetic energy from an impact without injury) respectively.
Monaghan will play Barnell, a mysterious character from Wolverine’s past who has the ability to manipulate energy and electricity [this is an odd description for such a distinctive character]. Henney will portray Agent Zero, a member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal marksman skills.
Production on the Wolverine movie prequel is beginning to ramp up now and in the next few months we’ll begin to see some exciting new developments. As of yet there are no on-set pictures of Hugh Jackman, but to keep the juices flowing we’ll provide you with some more set reports and photos:
“Saw Hugh Jackman running through the woods today in full Wolverine costume. Apparently he’s shooting a movie of the same name as the X-Men character. New Zealand is doubling as Canada.”
Kay’s Travel Blog
“There was a large crew [at Fangorn Forest] filming scenes from the new Wolverine movie. Hugh Jackman is in town but we haven’t seen him.”
Movieweb are also getting in on the action - coming back with some updated pictures of the farm set, showing a fully constructed and ready to be destructed farm house,
The following is a series of images I was able to take from one of the Wolverine film sets. The images were taken from the set located in an area about 45 minutes outside of Queenstown, New Zealand. A side note of interesting information is that the hill located behind the barn is the same hill located behind Orthanc (the Isengard Tower in The Lord of the Rings Trillogy), as well as seconds away from locations where they filmed scenes from both The Chronicles of Narnia and Willow.
The barn was constructed several months ago and as far as I know was due to be blown up sometime during the week (something involving a helicopter!).
Stuff are reporting that location crews have begun building the sets for the Wolverine movie,
“Locations crew have begun building the sets for eagerly anticipated action movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, giving rise to speculation that it will be lights, camera, action in Queenstown in the next few weeks.”
Via Coming Soon