Shooting of the large-scale film production Prometheus by English director Ridley Scott, starring Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Michael Fassbender and Noomie Rapace, among others, began at the foot of Hekla volcano in south Iceland yesterday.
Hekla. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“If you’re afraid of the forces of nature in this business you should find something else to do,” Scott commented at a press conference in Reykjavík on Sunday, when asked whether he wasn’t concerned Hekla might start to erupt; some unusual activity was recorded in the volcano recently, Fréttabladid reports.
The shooting in Iceland will take two weeks and will also take the crew to other scenic locations in the country, such as the waterfall Dettifoss in north Iceland, which is the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Scott confirmed Icelandic landscapes will play a big part in the movie. “It will be 15 minutes overall if everything goes according to plan. We are filming the origins of time.”
Secrecy will be maintained throughout the shooting. “There will be a lot of original and new material in the movie and it would be a shame to ruin it with leaks,” the director said.
Iceland was determined as a shooting location rather late in the process. “You can find similar landscapes in other places in the world. But here it is so primitive and jura-like and that had the decisive impact. Iceland is an extremely beautiful country,” Scott commented.
Around 160 Icelanders will participate in the project along with more than 200 foreign filmmakers, which Scott referred to as a “small film crew.”
Prometheus is estimated to cost ISK hundreds of millions (ISK 100 million = USD 850,000, EUR 600,000).