Road closure as movie containing Hollywood star filmed in Doncaster

Closure notice on Roman Road, Doncaster, warning of road closure to allow for filming of a feature film in the town centre
Closure notice on Roman Road, Doncaster, warning of road closure to allow for filming of a feature film in the town centre

Doncaster will see part of the town centre closed to traffic at the weekend - as filming takes place for a movie starring a big name Hollywood actress.

A scene from Hope Gap, starring Bill Nighy, Annette Bening and Josh O’Connor is understood to be due to be filmed near the war memorial on South Parade on Saturday.

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There are expected to be hundreds of extras also taking part in the scene, and it is understood both the Earl of Doncaster and the Comrades Club have been approached by producers over the possibility that they may be used while work is going on.

Businesses near the area have been leafleted about the possible disruption.

It has previously been reported that the film was being shot in Yorkshire.

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A yellow sign warning that there will be a road closure is currently in place on Roman Road ahead of the filming, near the gates of Elmfield Park.

Doncaster Council has yet to release any details of road closures.

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Hope Gap is directed by William Nicholson,from his own screenplay. It is based on the writer’s stage play The Retreat From Moscow that ran on Broadway with a cast including Eileen Atkins, John Lithgow and Ben Chaplin. Mr Nicholson also wrote Gladiator,

The film comes from Origin Pictures and producer David Thompson. The story centres on Grace, played by Ms Bening, and Edward, played by Mr Nighy, who have been married for nearly 30 years.

Annette Bening is well know from a number of Hollywood films including the hit American Beauty in 1999. She was also in the high profile television show The Sopranos.

Bill Nighy's film credits included the Richard Curtis romcom Love Actually.