Exclusive set pics from “The Three Musketeers" in Bamberg
Bamberg meets Hollywood
Bamberg is situated on the Main-Danube Canal in Germany and has been chosen as a filming location for the remake of "The Three Musketeers" that is coming out next year. It's the same Three Musketeers from the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas. This movie though, is unlike any other, because it's going to be produced in 3-D!
The reason this location was chosen by the producers is because a lot of the buildings could easily pass for 17th-century Paris, where the novel and various forms of The Three Musketeers have been set. Dumas' novel was written in 1844 and since then, there have been over 50 versions of it in formats such as movies and television. The new movie is scheduled to air in cinemas on October 14, 2011.
Producer of the movie, Robert Kulzer, says that because Bamberg is a UNESCO world heritage site, it's the absolute ideal location. He mentions that it's similar to Florence in Italy and Prague in the Czech Republic. Other locations in Germany have also been chosen, because of their historical attributes and the lack of modern buildings, in some areas. Property and scenic design departments of the movie company were sometimes hard pressed to make a few of the half-timbered buildings and courtyards, located in courtyards, looks like the French port of Calais.
Architecture in the town is fabulous, and ranges from Gothic to Baroque, to Renaissance, and Romanesque. There are fantastic mansions, wonderful churches, and old-world cobblestone streets which are narrow and very interesting. If you look up at each of the seven hills of Bamberg, you can see a gorgeous church on top of each one of them. A few of Bamberg's famous residents include Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, who was involved in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Another was Conrad III of Germany, who was King.
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Production and Cast
Kulzer says they have a large green screen, which is a device merging two images into one, so that they can produce an image on film of a large number of sailing ships tied up at the docks. A beautiful bridge over the Regnitz River, which is outside of Bamberg's town hall, serves as a bridge in Paris over the river Seine. One may assume that the Three Musketeers in the movie, d'Artagnan - played by Logan Lerman ("Percy Jackson & the Olympians"), Athos - played by Matthew Macfadyen ("Robin Hood"), Porthos - played by Ray Stevenson ("The Book of Eli"), and Aramis - played by Luke Evans ("Clash of the Titans"), found the stunning scenery surrounding them stimulating to their acting.
Constantin Film, a german production company, is shooting the movie under the direction of Paul W. S. Anderson ("Resident Evil Afterlife 3D", "Death Race", "Alien vs. Predator"). They'll complete it in studios right on the outskirts of Berlin. The producer says that the personality of d'Artagnan is just like a modern-day hero. He has a positive outlook and it's infectious and he knows that it's worth fighting over certain things.
Handsome actor Orlando Bloom ("Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy) portrays the Duke of Buckingham, and the gorgeous Milla Jovovich ("Resident Evil Afterlife 3D") has the role of Milady de Winter, a rather villainous woman. Academy Award winner Christopher Waltz will play the slightly evil Cardinal Richelieu in the movie. He won an Oscar for the Best Supporting Actor in last year’s "Inglorious Basterds". Mads Mikkelsen ("James Bond 21: Casino Royale") plays Rochefort, the one-eyed captain of the cardinal’s guard.
The story of the Three Musketeers is about a young man who leaves home because he wants to become a member of the fighting force attached to the French king's household. He makes friends with three disgraced members of the Army -- Porthos, Athos and Aramis.
Screenwriter Alex Litvak, says there are few interesting plot twists! Milady works with the Three Musketeers in Venice, as they try to steal plans for a weaponized blimp. She then turns against them and works with the Duke of Buckingham. There's a big airship battle over Paris, which promises to be spectacular!
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