Rebel Wilson shoots Hollywood film in Wrexham
Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids and JoJo Rabbit star Rebel Wilson is filming in Wrexham today.
The star is filming as part of “The Almond and The Seahorse” that started shooting in Liverpool earlier this week.
Due to the production St Giles carpark has been closed off to the public to facilitate the storage of crew vehicles for the next few days.
A council spokesperson told us: “Some of the vehicles on St Giles car park are part of an independent film production, and will be parked at the site for three days from Wednesday, April 7 until Friday, April 9.”
“There will still be around 20 spaces available for other vehicles to use, and a full list of other town centre car parks can be found on our website.
“Please remember that the town centre remains closed for non-essential shopping until next week (Monday, April 12th).”
The filming is taking place in the Tuttle Street flats with Wilson spotted on the penthouse balcony earlier today, amid a large security operation in the surrounding streets to keep onlookers away.
Rebel Wilson and Janet McTeer are starring in what Ffilm Cymru, investors in the film, say is a “poignant story of two couples exploring the impact of a traumatic brain injury on their lives”.
They noted that “The film is due to start principal photography in north Wales and Liverpool in March 2021” with that appearing to reach Wrexham from today.
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Earlier this week Wilson was pictured in Liverpool as part of the production.
More details on the project were announced in October via a press release from an agency involved:
Rebel Wilson is branching out into the dramatic space with The Almond And The Sea Horse, a feature adaptation of Kaite O’Reilly’s stageplay in which she will star with Janet McTeer and further cast is set to be announced soon. The film is a poignant story about two couples where one partner has survived a traumatic brain injury, exploring how it impacts their lives together.
Tom Stern, an Oscar nominated cinematographer for Changeling, will make his directorial debut on the pic, co-helming with Celyn Jones, who is also making his feature debut in the director’s chair having penned screenplays for The Vanishing and Six Minutes To Midnight. Jones is also joining the cast of the film, reprising a role he played in the original stage production.
Producers are Andy Evans and Sean Marley with Alex Ashworth from Wales and Liverpool-based Mad As Birds (Poms, Six Minutes to Midnight) and co-producers are Christophe Mazodier from Polaris and Jean-Jacques Neira from Fontana. Shooting is scheduled to commence in March 2021 in Liverpool and North Wales.
Bankside Films is handling international sales rights on the project.
“The Almond And The Seahorse will be a journey into the lives of two couples whose lives become irreversibly altered through simple twists of fate,” said director Stern. “We will join them in their search for new relevance in this new reality, a search that is both tragic and comedic as their worlds turn upside down. The film will be directed jointly; bridging image, drama and performance into a poignant tale of humans striving for meaning and love.”
“Making The Almond And The Seahorse will be an honour,” added the Mad As Birds team. “It’s a real credit to Kaite O’Reilly’s brilliant source material that the screenplay turned out so well and attracted a stunning, world class cast. We can’t wait to tell this remarkable story together, a moving and humorous story that needs to be told.”
“We are thrilled to be working with such a prestigious cast and crew on this uniquely life affirming story which explores the eternal question of what memories mean to us and those we love,” said Bankside’s Stephen Kelliher. “We have no doubt that they will create a truly compelling film which will entertain and enrich audiences around the world.”
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