Charles V biopic Emperor to shoot in Ghent in October


New Zealand director Lee Tamahori will be in Ghent in October shooting his mega-production Emperor, about the life of Charles V

Flemish actors take up roles

The massive film production Emperor about the life of Charles V, who was born in Ghent and raised in Mechelen, will shoot many of its key scenes in Ghent, according to the local producer, Paul Breuls, of Antwerp-based Corsan Films. The English-language movie stars Adrien Brody (pictured) as the emperor and is directed by New Zealander Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day).

Emperor will begin shooting in Prague on 1 September and is scheduled to move to Ghent towards the end of October. Many Flemish actors have been cast in the production, including Sam Louwyck (The Fifth Season, Rundskop), Lize Feryn (In Vlaamse velden) and Marie Vinck (De Rodenburgs, Smoorverliefd).

“The shots in Ghent promise to be spectacular with a lot of stunt work,” said Breuls. “The co-operation with the city is extremely important and not just logistically. We will, for instance, need to put out a call for many extras.”

In related news, Adrien Brody will make an appearance at the Ostend Film Festival next month to introduce the drama Third Person, a Paul Haggis (Crash) film in which Brody plays a man on business in Rome who gets in way over his head with a beautiful Romanian and a bunch of Russian gangsters.