County's bridge to Tinseltown

Published: 30 Aug 2012 09:000 comments

EAGLE-EYED film buffs will spot a familiar landmark in the latest trailer for Warner Bros film, Cloud Atlas.

Filming took place in September 2011.

The Clackmannanshire Bridge can be seen briefly in the recent teaser for the Hollywood adaptation of David Mitchell's award-winning novel - albeit with a little CGI tinkering.

While it's doubtful the bridge will get top billing alongside stars such as Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, it will be an added incentive for Wee County cinema goers.

Councillor Donald Balsillie, convenor for Enterprise and the Environment, said it was county's moment for "Hollywood stardom".

He said, "There is enormous benefits to promoting our services to the film industry and attracting a range of film productions to the area. It contributes to the local economy, promotes Clackmannanshire worldwide and brings visitors to the area.

"Cloud Atlas is released on 26 September in the USA, and this could be a moment for Clackmannanshire's Hollywood stardom - one example of what the location services within Clackmannanshire Council has delivered.

"It is exciting to think that local scenery such as the Clackmannanshire Bridge and the Ochil Hills will feature on the big screen alongside such stars as Halle Berry and Tom Hanks. I am sure this will not be the last film to take advantage of our stunning surroundings."

Filming took place in September last year as the bridge stood in for 1970's San Francisco.

The road was closed for around four hours as a film crew shot footage, including a car chase.

Cloud Atlas is directed by Tom Tykwer (The International) and the Wachowskis (The Matrix trilogy).

The story revolves around six interlocking lives in one adventure, circling the globe and reaching from the 19th century to a post-apocalyptic future.

It is due to be released in UK cinemas this October.

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