Spielberg gets go ahead to build movie set on Salisbury Plain

French Farmhouse in Tilshead plans (wiltshire council)

Published at 1:26pm 20th March 2019. (Updated at 1:40pm 20th March 2019)

Production will see WW1 trenches and a French farm built near Tilshead.

Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg has been given the green light to build a temporary farmstead complete with combat trenches for the film,

The blockbuster which will be called 1917 which will be directed by Sam Mendes.

Following concerns from archaeologists that building work could damage historical areas Wiltshire Council carried out further assessments on the land off Chitterne Road.

Wildlife experts also wanted further investigations into the affect on species like the endangered stone curlew which have been recorded on the site.

Those concerns have been now been satisfied and the application has been given planning permission.

Location of proposed 'French Farm' set
Location of proposed 'French Farm' set

Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment have asked permission to film for 35 weeks.

Dozens of male extras are set to be involved after a casting call in Salisbury last month.

It'll be Sam Mendes first film since Skyfall and Spectre.

 

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