‘Beowulf’ filming begins

With an ancient Transylvanian castle as location, principal photography has begun on “Beowulf,” a futuristic adaptation of the Old English folk epic, with Christopher Lambert in the lead role.

Threshold Entertainment’s production, directed by Graham Baker (“Alien Nation,” “Omen: The Final Conflict”), will also shoot in Bucharest, Romania. Two full units will work simultaneously, said producer Larry Kasanoff, whose previous credits include “Mortal Kombat” and who was an exec producer on “True Lies.”

Worldwide distribution for the film will be handled by Capitol Films and the Kushner-Locke Co. Special effects are being created by the newly assembled Threshold Digital Research Labs under the supervision of Alison Savitch, who also serves at executive producer alongside Donald Kushner and Peter Locke.

“We’re using a really bizarre, beautiful old castle, and we’re adding a 3-D digital matte to it,” Kasanoff said. “We’ve created what I call a techno-feudal future, set 1,000 years from now. It’s a scary science-fiction movie.”

In addition to Lambert, whose participation was announced in Variety on July 9, the cast of “Beowulf” includes Rhona Mitra, star of the hit videogame “Tomb Raider;” Gotz Otto, a player in “Schindler’s List” who will appear in the new James Bond vehicle, “Tomorrow Never Dies;” Patricia Velasquez, seen in “Le Jaguar;” Royal National Theater veteran Oliver Cotton; Charlie Robinson, of “Set It Off” fame; and Brent Jefferson Lowe, most recently on TV’s “The Jacksons: An American Dream,” now making his feature debut.

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