Date: 4th September 2002

Lara Croft boosts Hong Kong

The Hong Kong film industry is set to get a boost after the makers of the sequel to the Tomb Raider movie decided to shoot part of the film in the territory.
About 100 local crew will be recruited to work on the movie, which will pick up the adventures of gun-toting "cyberbabe" Lara Croft, played by Angelina Jolie.

The film is expected to feature Croft, who started life as a video game character, battling a Chinese gang.

Film-makers have already revealed how they will use a Welsh mountain backdrop to shoot scenes set in China after being refused permission to film at the Great Wall of China.

But Hong Kong authorities have welcomed the production.

"About half of the film will be shot in the territory," the newsletter of the government's Film Services Office said.

"If all goes well, filming will commence early next year.

By that time some 50 production people from overseas will be working closely with approximately 100 local crew members in the project."

Jolie, 27, will star alongside Scottish actor Gerard Butler, who plays Croft's former lover Terry Sheridan, and ex-Red Dwarf favourite Chris Barrie, who plays her butler.

Underwater sequences were due to be shot on the picturesque Greek island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea at the end of August.
Producers are now due to arrive at north west Wales in September for a week-long shoot.

Paramount Features had hoped to shoot parts of Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Fire on the Great Wall of China, but were refused permission to film at the landmark.

Source: Press Release