September 16, 2011
Move over Hollywood, it looks like Glasgow may becoming the latest location of choice for filmmakers.
A month after Glasgow was transformed into Philadelphia for Brad Pitt’s new movie, this week it’s doubling as San Francisco for Halle Berry’s new thriller.
The American actress was spotted wearing a Seventies-wig as she filmed scenes for her new movie Cloud Atlas.
The Catwoman star donned a cool 70s-style ensemble of tan jacket and dark wash flared jeans as she strolled around the location in between takes.
But it was her Tom Baker-esque scarf that will have drawn the most admiring glances, with its tasteful autumnal hues of brown, cream, blue and orange.
Of course it will have helped keep the Monster’s Ball actress warm during a typically chilly Scottish day.
The fact she was fresh from a break in sunny Majorca with daughter Nahla and her boyfriend Olivier Martinez will no doubt have made the cold all the more biting.
Earlier in the day she had been spotted dressed in multiple layers, a puffy jacket, and wore a hat as she dressed for the weather, evoking another 70s classic as she headed to an eatery with her minder.
Temperatures reached around 15C, but at least it was a dry day, though it was a far cry from the shorts and T-shirt weather in Los Angeles, where the mercury reached 26C.
The weather is predicted to take a turn for the worse in the next few days, with light rain predicted for tomorrow, while a thunder storm is due on Saturday.
Ironically the streets were transformed by location set designers to resemble Buenas Yerbas, California in 1975.
In this part of the film journalist Luisa Rey investigates reports of corruption and murder at a nuclear power plant, a story reminiscent of classic movie The China Syndrome, which was released later on that decade.
Cloud Atlas contains six stories set in a different time and place that become intricately related to each other.
The film is based on the acclaimed novel by English author David Mitchell.
In the original book there are six different threads, starting with an American notary’s boat journey home from the remote Chatham Islands, east of New Zealand, and ending in a post-apocalyptic distant future.
Mr Mitchell said of his book: “All of the characters except one are reincarnations of the same soul, identified by a birthmark.
‘The cloud refers to the ever-changing manifestations of the atlas, which is the fixed human nature.
‘The book’s theme is predacity – individuals prey on individuals, groups on groups, nations on nations.’
A host of British talent will also feature in the film, with Jim Sturgess and Ben Whishaw also among the ensemble.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer star Ben, 30, let slip some of the details about his involvement in a recent interview.
He said: ‘I’m doing three. Frobisher in the thirties; a female American in the seventies, in the Luisa Rey section; and a smallish role, where I’m basically an extra, in a modern-day nursing home, in the Timothy Cavendish section.’