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Ridley Scott films 'Exodus' in Fuerteventura as 'The Counselor', shot on Monte Pego, premières in Spain
BRITISH film director Ridley Scott is shooting his next production, Exodus, on the Canarian island of Fuerteventura.
A crew of around 400 technicians, most of whom have just flown or sailed over from Almería with props including 210 decorative chariots, technical equipment, four mules, nine donkeys, a herd of goats and 65 horses, are involved in the Biblical epic, says production firm Volcano Films.
The areas around the villages of Cofete and Punta de Jandía, the ravines known as Los Canarios and Buen Paso, and the rural parts around Tebeto and El Cotillo in the north of the island will become Ancient Egypt for several months.
Cofete and Punta de Jandía in the south of Fuerteventura will become the Sinai peninsula to film the persecution of Moses by the Egyptian army.
Moses' crossing of the parted Red Sea will be filmed on the El Risco del Paso beach.
Fuerteventura has spent the last two months helping to prepare the scene, with wooden huts for houses, and source 350 extras including men, women and children – and once the male extras have been confirmed, they will need time to grow a full beard.
The action has been hotting up in the last week with wardrobe and make-up rehearsals, and Ridley Scott himself arriving on Friday with some of the cast – the final line-up of whom will include Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as the Pharaoh Rameses, Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, Alien star Sigourney Weaver, the Spanish actress María Valverde, and several others.
Shooting of the 20th Century Fox mega-production will continue until the middle of January, and the première is set for December 2014.
This is the second time in a year Ridley Scott has shot his works on location in Spain.
Last autumn, a sumptuous villa owned by a Swiss family on the urbanisation Monte Pego, near Pego (Alicante province) was used for various scenes in The Counselor, which will hit the big screen in Spain later this week and stars Penélope Cruz, Cameron Díaz, Brad Pitt and others.
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