Published: 00:01, 01 June 2017
A Hollywood blockbuster is released today and, if you’re lucky, you might be able to catch glimpses of the Kent countryside.
Wonder Woman, starring Star Trek’s Chris Pine, Israeli actress Gal Gadot, and Ewen Bremner of Trainspotting fame, was filmed partly in Lower Halstow.
The feminist icon from the DC Extended Universe takes centre stage as how she transformed from immortal princess of the Amazons Diana into the superhero is explained on the big screen.
So far, the film has received a positive reaction from critics and is rated at 97% on RottenTomatoes.com and 8.4/10 on IMDB.
The star-studded cast set their sites on the location, with Warner Bros setting up camp at the docks at the end of November 2015.
The 250-strong crew worked with the parish council as they transformed the grounds of St Margaret of Antioch Church and the docks into a military style encampment.
They wanted the area to look like the Belgian coast in the First World War, and a boat bearing the German flag was spotted arriving after coming down the river Medway.
Stars were even given a tour of the church by villager Alan Swift who said Chris Pine took an interest in its Roman tiles.
Speaking in 2015, 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 to and we’ve allowed the locals to be extras and watch behind the scenes.”
Production manager Niall O’Shea was spotted scouting locations early in October 2015. He has worked on films including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
The film is being screened across the country at Odeon, VUE, Cineworld, and Showcase cinemas.