Avengers: Age of Ultron is shaping up to be an international affair, following an earlier report from this week that production will take place in northern Italy, and a new, unconfirmed report that reveals shooting will also take place in South Korea. The production has also added a new cast member in South Korean native Soo-hyun Kim as an unspecified villain.
The sequel will use Incheon City, described as one of the South Korean capitol Seoul's "satellite cities," and Seoul's Gangnam neighborhood as shooting locations, although it isn't known when production will begin, or what the locations will be used for. Stars Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson will be present for the shoot.
As for Soo-hyun Kim, the relatively unknown actress beat out 40 other hopefuls for the role. She is fluent in English and has experience in handling action sequences, both of which are said to be factors in her landing the role. She only has a handful of credits to her name, including Korean TV shows Brain and 7th Grade Civil Servant.
The only other Hollywood production to shoot in South Korea was 2012's The Bourne Legacy, although those scenes were shot with a second unit, and didn't require director Tony Gilroy or star Jeremy Renner to come to the Seoul locations. It's also worth noting that Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3 were South Korea's top-grossing movies in 2012 and 2013.
Production will begin on director Joss Whedon's Marvel Phase Two sequel in March, with production also confirmed to take place in the U.S. and the U.K.