Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift will head to South Africa

A posse of A-listers, including Hugh Jackman and Meryl Streep, are set to descend on the sunny nation to film new movies The Giver and Chappie

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Two major films are set to be shot in South Africa over the coming year; The Giver will commence in Cape Town on October 7 and Chappie is set to be shot early in 2014 in Johannesburg.

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The Giver director Phil Noyce (Salt) is no stranger to filming in South Africa, he previously worked on political thriller Catch A Fire here. The film will star Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski), Katie Holmes (Go) and country singer Taylor Swift, who will recreate Lois Lowry’s futuristic novel, depicting a society that falls from ‘utopia’.

The Giver will follow a young boy named Jonas, played by Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away), who is mentored and trained by The Giver (Bridges) to become a master of the society’s emotions.

Katie Holmes said that she was “really excited” about working with Meryl Streep and filming in South Africa at the Global Citizen Festival.

Early next year, Johannesburg will be home to Hugh Jackman. At at Zurich Film Festival the X-Men star explained: “I am doing a role in Neill [Blomkamps]’s new film, called Chappie, which we shoot in Johannesburg,”

Considering Blomkamp’s CV (films include District 9 and Elysium), we are expecting Jo-burg to act as a stong backdrop for Chappie. The film is tells the story of an artificial intelligence robot living in the streets of a city, who is stolen by gangsters for illegal use.

The Giver will be released in August 2014 and Chappie will be released in mid-2015.


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