New article from The Jakarta Globe. Not much new information, but the city of Jakarta sounds really excited about having the movie filmed there!
Hollywood films might not be coming to Indonesia anytime soon, but Hollywood’s movie stars are.
Bonnie Wright of Harry Potter fame revealed during a recent interview on British television that she will be shooting a movie in Jakarta next month.
She added the movie is an American film titled “The Philosophers.”
A high-level official from Indonesia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism confirmed the news.
“The Philosophers will be filmed here [in July],” Syamsul Lussa, the ministry’s director of film affairs, told The Jakarta Globe. “I issued the permit letter for the production company [two weeks ago].”
Wright, who came to prominence playing Ginny Weasley in the international mega-hit Harry Potter films, disclosed the information on the British television talk show, “Loose Women”, late last month.
“I’m starting a new film. I’m off [to] Indonesia,” Wright said. “It’s set in an international school in Jakarta.”
The production team is avoiding publicity about the filming until after it is finished in August for security reasons, according to industry sources contacted by The Jakarta Globe.
Lussa said the filming of movies, such as The Philosophers, in Indonesia was significant to the nation’s economic development and international profile.
“It has the direct impact of increasing tourism and adding jobs to the economy,” he said. “It also gives us more opportunity to showcase the country — its values and culture — which increases the world’s understanding of Indonesia.”
The film will also star Rhys Wakefield, an Australian actor, best known for his portrayal of Lucas Holden in Australian TV series “Home and Away” and British actor James D’Arcy.
The film will be directed by John Huddles, who has previously directed three films, the last in 1999.
Wright admitted The Philosophers was very different from Harry Potter. She described it as a psychological thriller that, “takes an amazing turn.”
According to Baseline, a film and television information provider, the movie revolves around a philosophy class in an international school in Jakarta.
“The class is having its last session. The professor challenges twenty-one graduating seniors to select ten who would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear attack,” the company wrote.
The actress first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” at the age of ten and has starred in every Harry Potter movie since then.
But Wright will play a role markedly different from the one to which her fans are accustomed.
“The character I’m playing is outgoing and very outspoken,” she said. “I’m very excited about that because [my character in Harry Potter] was always quiet.”