MOVIE madness has hit a south Leeds suburb as filming gets underway for a festive blockbuster.
Oscar-winning British actor Jim Broadbent was in town yesterday to film ‘Get Santa’ on set in Rothwell.
Broadbent, best known for his roles in Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady and the Harry Potter and Bridget Jones films, plays Santa Claus in the festive adventure film.
Get Santa tells the story of nine-year-old Tom, played by Kit Connor, who has to team up with his father in a bid to try and save Christmas.
The film sees Santa lose his reindeer and follows his journey as he desperately tries to find them.
His adventure lands him in prison, meaning Tom is his only hope.
The young boy and his father have to try and reunite Santa with his reindeer and return him to Lapland in time for Christmas.
Rafe Spall, known for his work in Prometheus and Life of Pi, plays the role of Tom’s father Steve.
Ewen Bremner, Stephen Graham, Jodie Whittaker, Warwick Davis, Joanna Scanlan and Nonso Anozie also star in the movie, which boasts Ridley Scott as one of the executive producers.
The film is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI), Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund and Ingenious Media.
Filming started a couple of weeks ago and will continue in various Yorkshire locations as well as in London.
Get Santa will be distributed in the UK by Warner Bros and is expected to be released towards the end of the year.
A £7.5MILLION boost from the European Regional Development Fund has helped Screen Yorkshire put money towards the Get Santa film.
The money will be invested in various other projects such as family comedy Bill, directed by Richard Bracewell, written by Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond and paranormal thriller Residue, a multi-platform production directed by Alex Garcia Lopez, which is also currently underway in Leeds.
For more visit www.screenyorkshire.co.uk.