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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nice words from Aaron 'Gench' Jackson about the ME set

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Here's what Kiwi actor had to say in his Facebook page about his time on the Mortal Engines set:

"Wrapping on set today. Such a sweet experience. Took a lot away with me this shoot. All involved where world class. Everyone brought their A game. 'Gench' is my characters name on the movie, #mortalengines (release date Dec 2K18) it was the back rest on my set chair for the shoot. PJ (Peter Jackson) likes to give it to the cast on their last day on set. đŸ™ŒđŸŒ. An experience I'll hold onto for quite some time. My love and thanks to all involved "

The character of Gench is a ruthless pilot on Thaddeus Valentine's ship, the 13th Floor Elevator

We love that Jackson played current All Blacks captain Keiran Reed in the NZ movie "The Kick"!

Caren Pistorius is playing Pandora Shaw in Mortal Engines


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IMDB suggests that Kiwi actress Caren Pistorius is playing Pandora Shaw.
A body double, Danielle Parsons, has been listed for the character as played by Caren:


In the Mortal Engines novel, Pandora is an archeologist who discovers the Medusa weapon which opens the metaphorical Pandora's Box which leads to the events of the book. 

Caren has quietly been making a name for herself as an actress having landed some key roles in Slow West and The Light Between Oceans with Magneto himself, Michael Fassbender.  

Here's a comprehensive interview with Caren about her role in Slow West.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Jihae releases small short of her training as Anna Fang

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Jihae probably has the coolest part in Mortal Engines as the Anti Traction League Aviatrix known as Anna Fang. 

This is a role that's knee deep in the action and requires some sword play skills so here's Jihae training with Mark Trotter.

Jihae posted this on her Instagram Account where you can watch the short filming.

"I had the privilege to work w Mark Trotter 8x #worldchampion of #taekwondo for #mortalengines The twin butterfly knives didn't make it into the film but was fun choreography. #marktrotter #jihae"


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Regé-Jean Page is playing Captain Khora in Mortal Engines

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Mortal Engines author Philip Reeve has confirmed that actor RegĂ©-Jean Page is playing the character of Captain Khora.  Khora is master and commander of the gunship Mokele Mbembe.

In the novel, Khora is a minor Anti-Tractionist character that encounters Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw.

Reeves has suggested that he may have a bigger role to play in the movie, and indeed so will Jihae's Anna Fang. 

Reeve confirmed this news in an article he wrote on his blog.

Pages' IMDB bio describes himself as thus:

Regé-Jean Page is a British-Zimbabwean actor whose upbringing saw him travel across Africa, Europe, the US, and the UK before he finally settled in London.

An alum of the National Youth Theatre and trained at the infamous Drama Centre London, Regé is best known for Roots (2016), Survivor (2015), and Waterloo Rd (2006).

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Regé-Jean Page's Mortal Engines wrap up gift is awesome

Regé-Jean Page is playing a wee part in the Mortal Engines movie and as a gift from the production for the wrap up of the movie, Regé-Jeanwas given a fantastic gift - a signed copy of Mortal Engines by author Philip Reeve.

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Reeve's was clearly impressed with Page's work! Page is actually playing Captain Khora.

And follow up question - did they really make Philip Reeve sign 3000 copies of his book?

Monday, July 17, 2017

'Salvage Man 2' Richard Mills shares his thoughts on filming the Mortal Engines movie


Richard Mills has crept under our Radar a bit with the filming of Mortal Engines.

His character name at this stage on IMDB is "Salvage Man 2" which suggests a small part but none-the-less it is awesome a Kiwi (by way of Wales) gets to have some on screen time in the Christian Rivers directed film.

Here's what Mills had to say with the announcement that the film has wrapped principal photography.

"That's a wrap. Principal photography on the film I've been lucky enough to be working on has wrapped, so unless I'm needed for pick-up scenes, that's my journey completed with Mortal Engines.

I've been so lucky to enjoy 29 full days on set (plus wardrobe fitting days), meet some great new friends, learn so much about the process of making a big budget feature film, meet some of the world's top actors and be part of a Sir Peter Jackson movie project. AWESOME!"

Mills most recently seen in the remake of the Kiwi film, Goodbye Pork Pie as a Police Officer.

Mortal Engines is a wrap - check out the crew pictures that reveal some details

Reports are in that the Mortal Engines filming has wrapped up.

Robert Sheehan and Hera Hilmar have filmed their parts and the rest is up to Christian Rivers and Peter Jackson's production skills to make this movie as good as possible.

Here's a sweet pix which some cheeky party crashers managed to get with The Sheeb (as the internet calls him) at the wrap party.


Only some 500 odd days until the release of the movie in two Decembers. Which means plenty of time to get all that CGI locked in. I just can't wait to see what those giant cities and Hester looks like!

No word yet on whether re-shoots will be required, we imagine so!

Actor Richard Mills said on his Facebook page:

"That's a wrap. Principal photography on the film I've been lucky enough to be working on has wrapped, so unless I'm needed for pick-up scenes, that's my journey completed with Mortal Engines.

I've been so lucky to enjoy 29 full days on set (plus wardrobe fitting days), meet some great new friends, learn so much about the process of making a big budget feature film, meet some of the world's top actors and be part of a Sir Peter Jackson movie project. AWESOME!"

Some of the crew's swag is pretty cool - note the Mortal Engines symbols:




Here's some more pix we found of crew celebrating the end of the filming:


Nice to see New Zealand beers Moa and Tuatara  beer representing!


And finally this snap from Katie Jackon (Peter's daughter) with Ronan Rafferty.

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