Copyright 2002

[ September 18th 2002 ]

Oscar winning actress Angelina Jolie has been whisked to a secret location in North Wales to continue shooting scenes for Paramount Pictures Tomb Raider movie sequel, IC Liverpool reports today. One of her first scenes will involve the Hollywood superstar traveling in a 4x4 off-road vehicle hugging the borders of a lake surrounding a spectacular thatched village designed to resemble a Chinese rural community.

Film spokeswoman Sue Darcy said Jolie was left breathless by the scenery and immediately fell in love with the region. "Angelina was up there by 8am. I should think she had breakfast at the location. We filmed sequences in a car along a mountain road and had a chat. Angelina has been very impressed with the scenery. It is just staggeringly beautiful with the lake nearby. She's delighted to be here and director Jan De Bont is over-joyed with what he's got so far."

Action scenes will also be recorded at six locations in and around Snowdonia with more than 150 cast and production crew members shooting at Pen-y-Pass, near Snowdonia, and at a disused slate quarry near Carmel. Angelina Jolie is expected to stay in North Wales until Saturday before flying off to Kenya and Hong Kong where she will film on the panoramic Victoria Harbor.

The North Wales Film Commission said economic benefits would be brought to the region as a result of Angelina Jolie's sharp-shooting videogame character. "Producers will use local companies and services, injecting money into the local economy." A spokesman for the Wales Screen Commission, set up in August to run alongside Wales' three regional film bodies, said "The film company is looking at about half a dozen locations in north west Wales. We are delighted they have chosen to film here and we will be working closely with them to ensure everything goes smoothly."

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life chronicles the adventures of British aristocrat Lara croft sent on a perilous mission to rescue the world from the exploits of an evil Chinese crime syndicate led by oriental crime lord Chen Lo. The movie opens with an explosive underwater action scene involving a desperate struggle for a sacred ancient spear guarded by Chen Lo's evil henchmen and a mission to overthrow new villain Reiss from deploying an army of biological drones to wreak havoc on the world.

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