Dracula filming at Limavady park

Dracula filming at Limavady park

Filming for the sci-fi movie Dracula Year Zero is taking place at Roe Valley Country Park in Limavady over the next two days.

The production company behind the blockbuster has been granted permission to film at the Co Londonderry park on Monday and Tuesday.

It's part of a three-month shoot, taking place in Belfast and other location across the region, this month.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan, said: "We have wonderful landscapes in Northern Ireland. We are enriched with attractive country parks. Roe Valley is just one example and films such as this provide a great opportunity to showcase our natural beauty both locally and on a world stage."

The new Dracula film will feature Luke Evans, who also starred in Fast and Furious 6, and A Dangerous Method actress Sarah Gadon. Dominic Cooper, well known for his roles in Mamma Mia and My Week with Marilyn, is also thought to be attached to the project.

The adaptation will be directed by Irishman Gary Shore and produced by Michael De Luca, who also worked on high profile films such as Moneyball and Oscar-winning The Social Network.

Roe Valley Country Park will remain open to the general public during filming some areas may become inaccessible.

"While we apologise for any minor inconvenience this may cause to the visiting public, there is no doubt that the spin-off publicity will ultimately lead to many more tourist visits," continued SDLP minister Mr Durkan.

"Therefore the net benefits to the park, to the town of Limavady and to the rest of the North would far exceed any short term inconvenience.

"I would like to see the film industry get their teeth, even more, into DOE sites and properties and certainly am available to listen to any potential projects."

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