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Hollywood giant films major blockbuster in Lower Halstow

By Aodhan Gregory

Film crews have descended on Lower Halstow to shoot a major blockbuster movie - and it's to star Wonder Woman!

A 250-strong crew has invaded the docks in the quiet village over the weekend with much of the filming taking place today.

Production giant Warner Bros has moved in to film scenes for a film titled Nightingale.

Some of the cast on horseback in Lower Halstow
Some of the cast on horseback in Lower Halstow

However according to rumours this is an alternate title for the highly anticipated Wonder Woman movie starring A-listers Gal Gadot, Ewen Brenner and Chris Pine.

Most big production companies use pseudonyms to throw fans off when they’re filming on location.

Unit publicist Lee-Anne Muldoon said: "We chose Lower Halstow because it's an absolutely stunning location that suits our story and time period.

"It's been a wonderful village to come into and we've allowed the locals to be extras and watch behind the scenes."

The parish council has been working in secret for weeks with the Hollywood movie makers to secure the docks and the grounds of the church.

Hollywood heart-throb Chris Pine visits Kent for major blockbuster.
Hollywood heart-throb Chris Pine visits Kent for major blockbuster.

The scenes shot in the village are said to take place during the First World War and draw on a loose connection to Florence Nightingale, a nurse and philosopher during the Crimean War whose name has come to be synonymous in popular culture with the phenomenon of a caregiver developing an emotional or romantic attachment to their patient.

In the Wonder Woman comic books, the heroine meets her love interest Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, when he crash lands in his plane.

While nursing him back to health, the pair fall in love and she follows Trevor back to “Man’s World” to become a champion of peace as Wonder Woman.

It is thought that a similar story line may occur in the movie though set in a different time period.

Production crew putting the final touches to the set of 'Nightingale'.
Production crew putting the final touches to the set of 'Nightingale'.

The council confirmed it was working with Niall O’Shea, a production manager for Warner Brothers, but declined to give further detail.

Irish born O’Shea, who has worked on films such as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Chicken, was seen around Lower Halstow in early October looking for the ideal setting.

Other locations the film makers have been seen at include Tilbury in Essex and Basilicata in Italy.

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