'Kong: Skull Island' casts more than 40 Vietnamese as extras

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Water has been hold up inside the Van Long Lagoon in the northern province of Ninh Binh for the new King Kong film. Photo credit: VnExpress Water has been hold up inside the Van Long Lagoon in the northern province of Ninh Binh for the new King Kong film. Photo credit: VnExpress

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The cast and crew of the new King Kong film has moved to the northern province of Ninh Binh, its second filming location in Vietnam where it will recruit more than 40 locals as extras.
Bui Van Manh, deputy chief manager of Trang An-Tam Coc, a complex of mountains and rivers in the province, said a set of an Asian village has been built at the site and around 40 to 60 locals will join as extras.
Among them are local traditional opera artists, Manh said, as cited by news website VnExpress.
The filming of “Kong: Skull Island,” which is a prequel centered on the origins of King Kong, will last between February 27 and March 15 in Ninh Binh.
Its crew has spent money repairing a road leading to the film set.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has reportedly requested the site managers to put up a temporary embankment to hold water inside the Van Long Lagoon nearby to serve several scenes.
Affected farmers who have rice fields in the area will be compensated, a local official told VnExpress.
Trang An and Van Long are both popular tourist sites in the northern province. Local managers said they will make sure to keep visitors far from the sets. 
The movie started filming in Vietnam early this week in the central province of Quang Binh. It will move to Ha Long Bay afterwards.
The highly-anticipated Hollywood movie is set to hit theaters in March 2017. Other filming locations are in Australia and Hawaii.

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