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All fans on deck to see film making

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 19, 2014

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Film fans in Gloucester are gathering to catch a glimpse of the stars of the new Johnny Depp film being shot at the Docks.

Extras in period costumes have been spotted wandering around the Docks ahead of the first day of filming for Through the Looking Glass.

Areas of the Docks and Llanthony Road have been closed for the filming on board the tall ships which arrived in the Docks last week.

The star of the Alice in Wonderland sequel, playing the Mad Hatter, is not thought to be visiting as he's not required for the scenes being shot. But that has not stopped movie fanatics heading to the Docks to be close to the action.

Tracey Cox and her daughter Bethany said they are huge film fans and visited Gloucester Cathedral to see filming for the Harry Potter series.

Tracey said: "We were told Johnny Depp is not going to be here but we're still holding out hope. I'm hoping to get a kiss from him because it's my 24th wedding anniversary.

"It's exciting that the extras are here – their costumes look very real. It's really exciting for Gloucester and is putting the city on the map."

Bethany Cox, who works at nearby Nandos, said: "Johnny Depp is my favourite actor so I really hope we see him. I still think he'll be here – he's such a big actor that they wouldn't tell anyone that he's coming."

Another visitor said: "We're here just to take up the atmosphere and its really exciting. It's something that Gloucester has never seen before."

Tony Lloyd, owner of nearby Saltwater tea room, said: "It's fantastic for Gloucester, especially for businesses like us because its bringing people to the Docks that wouldn't normally visit here.

"To have the tall ships in the Docks really brings back a bygone era."

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