On Friday, we reported that Marvel's highly-anticipated Phase Two sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron will utilize locations in Aosta Valley, Italy, including the Bard Fortress. Today, we have more details about the Italy shoot, with the production also shooting in nearby municipalities Aosta, Donnas, Pont-Saint-Martin and Verrès.
Production is scheduled to begin in Italy this March, with casting scheduled to begin in the area soon for over 1,500 actors, 500 of which will be extras. The casting sessions will be held at Bard Fortress on an undetermined date. It still isn't known if any of the sequel's major stars, such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth or Scarlett Johansson will be involved in the Italy portion of the production. The Bard Fortress location is rumored to have a connection to the villainous Baron Von Strucker, who we reported earlier this month will be played by Thomas Kretschmann. Baron Von Strucker will be the second villain in this sequel behind Ultron, who is voiced by James Spader.
The Italy shoot has been in the works for quite some time now, with Marvel submitting location proposals to the Italian Film Commission back in May of 2013.