Italy has been rumored for a while now as a filming location for Daniel Craig’s Bond 25. Variety now reports that production is heading to Matera, Italy this July and will be used for an opening action sequence.

Casting for the new James Bond movie is still underway, but a prominent part is set to be played by the ancient southern Italian town of Matera, Variety has learned. The town of 60,000 people will provide the setting for what is expected to become “Bond 25’s” prologue action sequence, similar to “Spectre’s” opening segment in Mexico City during Day of the Dead celebrations, insiders say. Preparations to accommodate an estimated 500 production people for the shoot, which is expected to take place in late July, are already underway.

Other previously confirmed filming locations outside of Pinewood Studios UK include Norway and Jamaica. Production will begin next month in England.

The cast so far includes Daniel Craig, recent Best Actor winner Rami Malek as the film’s main villain, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris.

Bond 25 will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) with a recent rewrite from Bourne Ultimatum screenwriter Scott Z. Burns.

Italy has strong roots with Bond franchise and even more so with the Daniel Craig era of Bond as Skyfall will now be the only movie out of the five that without scenes shot in Italy, Spectre was the most recent with filming taking place in Rome.

We previously pointed out that the film’s working title could be Eclipse after the studio debunked the Shatterhand title. There is an expectation that a press event will take place before filming where the cast will be officially announced along with the film’s title.

The release date for Bond 25 was recently moved to April 8th, 2020.

SOURCE: VARIETY

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