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Exclusive: New Set Details From ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Security at St. John Street in London

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Latest update: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
CHICAGO (Exclusive) – Batman filming fever is back in full swing. Now that director Christopher Nolan has wrapped his first filming location for “The Dark Knight Rises” in Jodhpur, India, the master of mystery is busy preparing for his shoot next week at St. John Street in London.

Following in the footsteps of our daily filming coverage of “The Dark Knight” when it took over Chicago a few years ago, HollywoodChicago.com is working hard to have men and women on the street for all of Nolan’s filming locations.

And today, we bring you exclusive details about the St. John Street shoot, which will be transforming London’s Farmiloe Building into the film’s Gotham City Police Station. Enjoy!

The first set photo from St. John Street in London on May 12, 2011
The first set photo from St. John Street in London on May 12, 2011. The white building pictured
above will become the Gotham City Police Station in “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Building image credit: SuperHeroHype forums

Submitted to HollywoodChicago.com on May 12, 2011 at 3:22 a.m. CST
Morning, Adam!

I just got back from St. John Street this morning. Different activity now. They are getting ready to shoot scenes. The typical long, black SUVs that Nolan has are now there. I counted two outside and one inside down the side entrance.

These are the same SUVs that we saw filming “The Dark Knight”. They have also put black tarpaulin over the front of the building to stop light getting in that would ruin a shot. They have HUGE cameras and fans down the side entrance. There about 20 film crew on site. The name on the side of the trucks is Panalux.

I also spoke to security. They hinted that this will be the inside of a police station. They said the set inside looks amazing. Security said there’s only one entrance and I will definitely see people entering and leaving next week. They were adamant that the main filming is all of next week and the work this week is all preparation. Please do not use my e-mail or name in any public release.

As films are required to inform local residents and businesses of potential interruption, area businesses have been advised that they’ll be hearing gunshots for the shoot. The Farmiloe Building was also used as the Gotham City Police Station for “The Dark Knight” and “Batman Begins”.

“The Dark Knight Rises” will again star Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Gary Oldman as Jim Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox and Michael Caine as Alfred. The film also stars Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Juno Temple, Josh Pence and Diego Klattenhoff. Nestor Carbonell and Daniel Sunjata are currently rumored to be involved.

The film, which is again directed by Christopher Nolan, is scheduled for release on July 20, 2012. “The Dark Knight Rises” is written by David S. Goyer (story), Bob Kane (characters), Christopher Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (story) and Jonathan Nolan (screenplay) with original music from Hans Zimmer and cinematography by Wally Pfister.

Updated: May 12, 2011 at 4:50 p.m.

Our source above just submitted the following update to us.

Whoever got you the Panalux picture (above) didn’t get you the best shot. Nolan’s car was there in the morning. They have seriously beefed up security now.

Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.

In an exclusive report we just published, we now learn that cast members of “The Dark Knight Rises” are sneaking in through a different location. Learn more here!

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Anonymous's picture

They will have to do many

They will have to do many changes to this building and I hope it will be ok.

Anonymous's picture

Nice building, but what is

Nice building, but what is so special about it? I think they’ve selected it for many movies for some reason and I’m curious to know why.

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