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Brad Pitt zombie filming finishes in Glasgow

Brad Pitt filming scenes for World War Z in Glasgow
Image caption Filming for the movie has been taking place in Glasgow city centre

Glasgow is hosting its last day of filming for Hollywood zombie movie World War Z which stars Brad Pitt.

A cast and crew of about 1,200 people have been involved in shooting scenes for the film since 15 August.

Parts of the city have been transformed to replicate Philadelphia, where some of the post-apocalyptic movie is set.

World War Z producer Jeremy Kleiner said the cast and crew had enjoyed "a very successful shoot" in Glasgow and found the city "incredibly welcoming".

Speaking on the final day of production, Mr Kleiner said: "We filmed some key scenes for World War Z here in Glasgow.

"The co-operation we had from the Glasgow Film Office and indeed from across the city council made it all possible, and the people of Glasgow were incredibly welcoming. It's been a very successful shoot here."

Closures over

George Square and several surrounding roads have been subject to closures during the filming.

Glasgow City Council said the restrictions on motorists and pedestrians would be lifted from 23:59 on 31 August.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: "The past fortnight has been memorable for Glasgow. Our great anticipation of what World War Z would bring to the city was matched by the amazing transformation of George Square and the surrounding streets into the centre of Philadelphia.

"One of the most satisfying elements of this time was Glasgow proving that we have the infrastructure to host a production on such a scale, a showcase that will hopefully bring many more major films here.

"I am delighted to pay tribute to Glasgow Film Office in attracting the production to the city and to all the other council staff who helped to ensure the smooth running of World War Z."

Work on the Paramount Pictures movie, which is based on the Max Brooks novel World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, has already taken place in Valletta in Malta and in Cornwall.

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