Academy Award-nominated “X-Men” star Michael Fassbender and Academy Award-winning actress Rachel Weisz will star in “The Light Between Oceans,” the Derek Cianfrance-directed period drama which will spend several weeks filming from next month in Marlborough and Otago.
Variety reports that the story is about a young lighthouse keeper and his wife who decide to keep an orphaned child who is washed up on shore. But doing so has devastating consequences.
David Heyman, who produced the eight “Harry Potter” movies, and Jeffrey Clifford are producing.
“The production coming here is the result of successful collaboration between a range of agencies including Marlborough District Council, Film Otago Southland and Film New Zealand working together with the producers,” said Film New Zealand chief executive Gisella Carr.
The DreamWorks film is expected to access New Zealand’s ‘International Grant’ scheme, reports Variety.
The film is also to spend a week filming in Tasmania.
“Our thanks to Film New Zealand for their assistance in helping us bring ‘The Light Between Oceans,’ to their country,” said Holly Bario, President of Production at DreamWorks Studios. “It was important to find the perfect locations to help fulfill our director’s vision for the film and we couldn’t be more excited to be filming in both New Zealand and Australia.”