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Rumour 'Avengers' sequel to be shot in SA

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JOHANNESBURG - Rumours are rife in the entertainment world that some of the scenes from the Avengers sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron will be filmed in South Africa.

The highly-anticipated sequel will bring the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes together again to face one of their biggest villains Ultron.

In May last year, South African film producer Anant Singh, who also serves as the chairman of Cape Town Film Studios, revealed in an interview with 5fm that Marvel Studios had expressed interest in shooting the movie in Cape Town, but nothing had been confirmed.

But according to comicbookmovie.com, South Africa-based extras casting coordinator JP van der Merwe has been added to the film's production crew list on the Internet Movie Database.

This fuels speculation that T'Challa, otherwise known as the Black Panther, whose homeland is a fictional African nation called Wakanda, will be featured in the film.

The Avengers was released in 2012 and went on to earn $1.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-largest grossing movie of all time.

Several high-profile films have been shot in South Africa over the years including Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Safe House, Blood Diamond and Invictus.

The Giver, the science fiction fantasy based on Lois Lowry's bestseller, was also recently shot in Cape Town.

The film's all-star cast includes Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Swift, Odeya Rush, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard and Cameron Monaghan.

South African born Neill Blomkamp is also shooting his latest movie Chappie in South Africa.

The cast includes Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, Sharlto Copley, Slumdog Millionaire actor Dev Patel and Sigourney Weaver.

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