Marvel Studios announced today that the highly anticipated super hero sequel Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron will film key elements of the movie in the capital city of Seoul. Bringing production of this significant motion picture to Korea will create jobs for local extras, crews and vendors which will benefit the local film industry in South Korea.
Here's what producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had to say in a statement.
"South Korea is the perfect location for a movie of this magnitude because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture. We would especially like to thank the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) for making it possible for Avengers: Age of Ultron to come to Korea."
Yoo Jinryong, minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism of Republic of Korea, had this to say in a statement
"We're very excited to have the production in Korea, and also expect this to serve as the footstep of many more opportunities yet to come.
In addition to Korea, where the number of fans of Marvel Studios' films has grown since the release of Iron Man, the international production schedule for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron includes locations in London, United Kingdom, where the production will be based, as well as Johannesburg, South Africa; and Aosta Valley, Italy, with additional locations to be announced.
Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel's The Avengers), the film returns its iconic cast, including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man 3, Marvel's The Avengers) as Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World, Marvel's The Avengers) as Thor, Mark Ruffalo (Marvel's The Avengers, Now You See Me) as Hulk, Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel's The Avengers) as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel's The Avengers) as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner (American Hustle, Marvel's The Avengers) as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel's The Avengers) as Nick Fury. Joining the cast are Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Godzilla, Kick-Ass 2) as Quicksilver, Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) as Scarlet Witch and James Spader (The Blacklist, Lincoln) as Ultron.
Set for release in the United States on May 1, 2015, Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron is produced by Kevin Feige. Executive Producers are Louis D'Esposito, Jeremy Latcham, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, and Jon Favreau.