New Fast and Furious movie Hobbs & Shaw is the Hollywood blockbuster that’s got people up and down the country talking. Mainly thanks to its surprising choice of shooting locations right here in Yorkshire.
Starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba, this spin-off from the high-octane Fast and Furious franchise is likely to bring explosive stunts and relentless action when it hits cinemas next year.
But it’s the filming locations that are capturing attention. Including a dramatic visit to a Yorkshire power station.
‘Filming a pursuit’
In early November, filming on the blockbuster movie moved to Yorkshire, where Eggborough Power Station became the scene of some action-packed filming.
Residents were warned of minor road closures in the area while filming was underway, and local Lindsey Strachan managed to photograph helicopters – believed to be filming chase scenes from above – flying around the cooling towers, as well as videoing a convoy of Land Rovers arriving at the privately owned site.
“The helicopters were flying in between the towers: one appeared to be filming a pursuit on the ground,” she told the Yorkshire Post.
“The Land Rovers were in a convoy formation going from the road into the field opposite the power station. This was repeated a number of times. Pretty cool to see!”
Dwayne Johnson even found time to visit a gym just half-an-hour’s drive away in Doncaster.
Yesterday, meanwhile, Johnson and Idris Elba were rumoured to be filming in Sheffield as reported by The Star, with movie crews spotted at a business park in the city.
Where else has the movie been filming?
Glasgow and the River Clyde in Scotland played host to Idris Elba in racing leathers and a high-speed chase. Some of Hobbs & Shaw’s early shooting took place in London too.
Though it’s not clear just what sort of scenes were being shot there.
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It’s believed filming will also take place outside of the UK, in places like Atlanta and Hawaii.
Hobbs & Shaw is due to be released in cinemas on August 2, 2019
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