Updated with video: Hollywood arrives in Harrogate

The Montpellier quarter has been transformed into a movie set ahead of filming for a Hollywood blockbuster this evening.

Film crews arrived in town yesterday and filming for Hunters Prayer, a action-packed thriller, will begin tonight, one week ahead of the original schedule.

NADV 1407151AM4 Montpellier Hill. (1407151AM4)

NADV 1407151AM4 Montpellier Hill. (1407151AM4)

Road signs and shop signs have been replaced with French language signs as Montpellier Street and Montpellier Mews will appear as Swiss streets on screen.

Sarah Hone, consultant at Appeal PR based on tweeted her excitment at the transformation after The Montpellier pub became La Montpellier.

She said: “Monpellier Street has officially become part of Switzerland for today’s film shoot.”

Sam Worthington, of Avatar fame, will star in the $25million blockbuster and enjoyed a pint at ‘La Montpellier’ last night.

Fancy a pint at La Montpellier? Pic by @sarah_hone on Twitter

Fancy a pint at La Montpellier? Pic by @sarah_hone on Twitter

Land lord Andrew Mears said: “He had a pint of Old Peculiar, he was in with a lady, his co-star I think. He was a lovely man, very polite.

“All the crew have been very polite, there is a bit of disruption but it is good for Harrogate. They have done such a good job of it.”

Harrogate was chosen by filmakers for its european look and filming will also take place in Leeds.

Location manager Matt Bowden said director Jonathan Mostow, who made Terminator 3, loved Harrogate.

He added: “The director loves the location, they all love Harrogate. Hopefully, this will lead to more and more filming.”

He added: “The hope is we won’t have to dress the street too much and it will still be recognisable.”

The dramatic car chase shoot out scenes will be filmed overnight.

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