Thessaloniki is transforming into a film set for the Hollywood movie “The Bricklayer,” which began shooting in the northern Greek city on Wednesday.
Filming for the movie began in Emporiou Square in Ladadika, one of the most beloved areas of the city.
Drones, cameras, film crew and actors, including leads Nina Dobrev and Aaron Eckhart, filled the bustling square on Wednesday.
Although the day was sunny and bright, temperatures were quite cool and the actors, who were dressed in clothes more appropriate for warm weather, could be seen running off to bundle up after finishing their scenes.
Extras sat at tables in the many cafes and restaurants around the square, and film crew arranged carts with old books, jewelry, and even Greek worry beads, thoughout the square.
The filming won’t be limited to Ladadika, however, as the movie will also feature classic areas of Thessaloniki such as Aristotelous Square and Ano Poli.
“Thessaloniki is getting out ahead, the city itself is a protagonist appearing in the film. The city is used as a live studio,” deputy treasurer of Thessaloniki Nichalis Koupkas stated to AMNA on Wednesday.
“The Bricklayer,” other Hollywood films putting Thessaloniki on the map
In The Bricklayer, someone is blackmailing the CIA by assassinating foreign journalists and making it look like the agency is responsible. As the world begins to unite against the US, the CIA must lure its most brilliant – and rebellious – operative out of retirement, forcing him to confront his checkered past while unraveling an international conspiracy.
Nina Dobrev, who starred in The Vampire Diaries and xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, will join Aaron Eckhart, of The Dark Knight, in what promises to be an action-packed thriller directed by Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 filmmaker Renny Harlin.
Bulgarian-born Canadian actress Dobrev is best known for her roles in the CW’s The Vampire Diaries; Degrassi: The Next Generation; and Summit’s Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Eckhart is in production as former President Gerald Ford in Showtime’s The First Lady, which will mark the actor’s biggest small-screen role to date.
Thessaloniki has been a magnet for big Hollywood productions recently. “The Expendables 4” was filmed there in November with Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Megan Fox, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Tony Jaa and Andy Garcia.
In July, Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth were just some of the world-famous actors who filmed there for a star-studded movie.
Up to eighteen international movies were shot in Greece in 2021, confirming the industry’s demand for the country’s nearly endless variety of stunning landscapes and monuments.
Among them was the Netflix movie “The Lost Daughter,” set on the breathtaking island of Spetses, Greece.