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'Pirates 5' begins filming as powerful cyclone threatens Gold Coast

Cylone Marcia heads for the Gold Coast, with 285 km/h winds

By Ben Gourlay from Feb 19, 2015 @ 16:37 CST

Following the agreement struck between the Government of Australia and Walt Disney Company last year to film the fifth entry in the 'Pirates of the Carribbean' franchise at the Warner Bros. Movie World Gold Coast studio, cameras begun rolling earlier this week, but a tropical cyclone now threatens to disrupt proceedings.

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Cameras begun rolling earlier this week after Johnny Depp, who reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow flew into the location and Producer Jerry Bruckheimer took to Twitter to share the first day's shoot.

A spokesperson for production told The Age Newspaper that while they hoped the weather wouldn't be as bad as predicted, contingencies were in place and filming would continue, before Cyclone Marcia strengthened to category five earlier this morning, making it one of the three most powerful cyclones to hit the Queensland coast in the past century.

NEWS SOURCES:Theage.com.au, Theaustralian.com.au

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