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City gets US makeover for Pitt film

Hollywood star Brad Pitt is on location in Glasgow filming the movie World War Z.

Parts of the city centre have been transformed into Philadelphia for the two-week zombie film shoot.

American street signs and traffic lights have been put up on streets in the Merchant City area, where filming is concentrated.

Vending machines selling American newspapers have been dotted around the area and the streets are lined with yellow taxis, Philadelphia police cars and other vehicles, including tanks.

One building on George Square has a large sign proclaiming it is a "United States Court House" with the Stars and Stripes flying above the door.

Fans have been out in force hoping for a glimpse of Pitt, and have been gathering at barriers placed at the entrance to the set.

He and his family arrived in Glasgow by train on Tuesday along with other cast and crew.

The film is based on Max Brooks' 2006 novel World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War, which is set in Philadelphia in the aftermath of a war between humans and zombies. It is due to be released next year.

Glasgow City Council said the production will involve almost 1,200 people when on location and the impact on the local economy is likely to be in excess of £2 million.

Glasgow Film Office has been working with the production over the past few months to help secure locations in the city and co-ordinating arrangements with council departments and other public bodies to ensure minimal impact on normal business and access.


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