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War Horse
is a film that Steven Spielberg announced plans for production. War Horse is intended for release in 2011. It will be the film version of the play of the same name, which is a stage adaptation of the book War Horse, a children’s fiction novel by Michael Morpurgo first published in Great Britain in 1982.

OSCAR-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is set to shoot scenes for his latest film in Castle Combe and Lacock this Autumn.

Hollywood film crews have approached both village parish councils after finding perfect locations for the remake of the 1941 horror flick The Wolfman.

The news comes just months after the penultimate Harry Potter movie was filmed in Lacock.

Chairman of the Lacock Tenants Association Leo Stevens attended a meeting with 50 residents last Tuesday.

He said: “The general reaction was positive and people seemed interested in getting involved with the project.

“As long as the filmmakers take our needs into consideration I think everything will go smoothly.

“I am involved with the project and am tracking down a blacksmiths for them to use in the movie.

“Filming in Lacock has just become an ordinary event these days and people don’t really batter an eyelid when a famous actor crosses the path in front of them.

“We are just waiting for more details from the production company and then we can move forward.”

The production company, part of Universal Pictures, is keen to use the Tithe Barn as the main location and possibly some shots of the High Street.

They want to fill the inside of the barn with blocks of ice, to resemble an ice house, used in the nineteenth century to store dead bodies.

The period film follows the life of Laurence Talbot, a successful actor, who returns to his hometown after his brother goes missing amid rumours of werewolves.

Film crews were also keen to shoot some scenes in Castle Combe, which is still reeling from its Hollywood debut in Stardust last year.

Jean Sheard, who owns the Lacock bakery on Church Street said: “I am really excited about seeing Sir Anthony Hopkins – he is such a huge star.

Lets hope we dont have a repeat of previous holywood films ?
Castle Combe never recovered from its engineered fame. In 1966 it was occupied for three months by a film company making Dr Dolittle with Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar and Anthony Newley. Men with loud voices and earth-moving equipment built a harbour below Castle Combe’s bridge and made everyone take down their television aerials and link their sets to a communal cable attached to a hidden mast during the filming

Filming starts in September and we will continue to take small group tours to Castle Combe and Lacock – a great phot opportunity.

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