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Filming Begins On US TV Production Shot In Wales

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Filming has started at Dragon Studios, Pencoed, on the biggest budget US TV production ever to be shot in Wales.

'Will', a high end drama series based on the early life of William Shakespeare, is to be filmed in Wales for broadcast in the US and will have the largest budget and highest spend of any production shot in Wales to date.

It is the latest US production to be brought to Wales.

Supported by finance from the Welsh Government it is anticipated that the production will generate £18m spend into the local economy.

The first series of nine episodes has been commissioned following the success of an initial pilot programme that was filmed in London.

Support from the Welsh Government means that a significant proportion of filming and production will be undertaken in Wales.

Economy Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates said: "This really does tick all the boxes. It has the highest budget of any production filmed in Wales to date and the largest local spend ever attracted to Wales which is great news for the Welsh film and TV sector.

"It supports our sector strategy to attract high end drama to Wales with a specific focus on the lucrative US market and with the probability of repeat series. I am delighted that Welsh Government support has secured this investment for Wales.

"It gives us a platform, not just in the US, but globally to promote Wales as a great location for filming which is backed by real expertise and talent. It will provide a great opportunity for Welsh companies and freelancers while helping to expand the supply chain and increasing and up-skilling the crew base in Wales."

Ninth Floor UK Productions Limited will be based at Dragon Studio Pencoed for nine months of the year with location shooting in and around South Wales as well as London.

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of 'Will', a brand new drama that tells the wild story of young William Shakespeare, played by newcomer Laurie Davidson . Also starring are Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, Hiding), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hell on Wheels), Mattias Inwood (The Shanara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd, The Twilight Saga) and Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting, Snowpiercer).

'Will' opens with a young William Shakespeare (Davidson) just arriving onto the punk-rock theatre scene in 16th century London. It is in this seductive, violent world that his raw talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. This is the exciting, dangerous and contemporary version of Shakespeare's life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.
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