Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City ISTRANSFORMED as Film Makers Move In

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

City ISTRANSFORMED as Film Makers Move In

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

IT was showtime in Newcastle with the arrival of six supercars and American star Josh Duhamel for filming on the new Transformers blockbuster movie.

The famous Bumblebee and a special edition PS1.7m Lamborghini roared into town yesterday to shoot action scenes around the Monument.

Crowds of fans had started gathering in the city centre from early morning and those who had bagged a spot found themselves at the heart of the action as the crew set up cordons around the Monument. They watched Duhamel, main character Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox in the first three Transformers films, jump into a military vehicle before setting off towards Grainger Street where a rubblestrewn scene had been set up.

Then it was the turn of the supercars, including a supercharged McLaren - made especially for the film - and a Porsche Cayenne, to zoom through several takes.

Onlookers were excited to see the familiar Bumblebee, being driven by stuntman Corey Eubanks which led the fleet on a chase.

City shops and cafes had been warned about road and street closures ahead yesterday but not told what production was being filmed.

But, following news of the ongoing Northumberland shoot, staff soon guessed, as had morning customers who arrived early as cameras were being rigged up and a helicopter circled overhead.

As the stunt team got to work in Newcastle, filming was continuing in Bamburgh where Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins have been on set.

For one family of onlookers, the city location proved second time lucky.

Skye Richardson, from Gateshead, said her husband Neil had taken their daughters Penny, four, and 18-month-old Lydia up to Bamburgh the previous day but had missed out on seeing the stars.

This time around she was delighted to spot Duhamel and said: "We've seen Josh and it's been absolutely amazing.

"We got here about 7.30am and earlier on we saw the supercars racing down Grey Street. Some people have been here since 4.30am."

Families said the day was a huge treat for the children and many are now looking forward to seeing how the region translates to the big screen when Transformers: The Last Knight comes out next year. …

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