Following an initial report from January, Marvel Studios confirmed last month that Avengers: Age of Ultron will shoot in Seoul, South Korea, including locations such as Incheon City and the Gangnam neighborhood. Today, we have new details regarding the shoot, including what these locations will be used for and when production will begin.
The Chosun Ilbo reports that shooting will take place between March 30 and April 14, with the Mapo Bridge being closed off, along with several streets in the Gangnam area. There will be "major battle and chase scenes" shot in Seoul that will take up between 15 and 20 minutes of the finished movie.
The production is also utilizing a Korean IT institute located on a Han River islet, which will be a key location since the villainous Ultron (voiced by James Spader) tries to acquire state-of-the-art technology there. Part of the Avengers' mission is to protect the facility. Our report from January also included the news that South Korean actress Soo-hyun Kim was cast as an unspecified villain, although this new report reveals she plays a scientist at the IT institute.
Other scenes shot in Seoul will utilize a densely populated area near the Gangnam subway station, where Ultron lays parts of the city to waste. Here's what an unidentified city official had to say about the production schedule, while offering new details on a scene featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).
"We cannot disclose detailed shooting locations for security reasons, but as some chaotic blast scenes are scheduled to be filmed, safety is our primary concern. We have arranged fire trucks around the areas. A scene in which one of the characters, Iron Man, flies over the Digital Media City in Sangam-dong and Han River Park will show the harmony of nature and the modern beauty of Seoul."
Production on director Joss Whedon's Marvel Phase Two sequel has also been confirmed to take place in South Africa, Northern Italy and in London.