Vietnamese cave scouted for Warner Bros' Peter Pan project

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An explorer stands at the entrance of En Cave of Phong Nha - Ke Bang cave complex in central Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

A Warner Bros film crew have visited a cave in Vietnamese famous cave complex Phong Nha – Ke Bang as they scouted locations for a film about Peter Pan, officials said.
The 10-member crew spent three days exploring the Hang En (Swift Cave) in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which earned the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 thanks to its impressive scenery and archeological value. 
Howard Limbert, chief of the British Royal Team of Cave Researchers, who have been excavating the caves in central Vietnam for decades and helped put them world map, led the film crew around the park.
They used remotely controlled devices for filming from above between Wednesday and Friday, calculating possible shots in which Peter Pan would fly through the beautiful grotto and over magnificent mountain ranges and lush forests in the park.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, located in a 2,000-sq km limestone zone about 500km south of Hanoi, is well-known for its cave and grotto systems which comprise more than 300 caves measuring over 70 kilometers.
It holds several world cave records for boasting the longest underground river as well as the largest caverns and cave passage in the world.
Hang En, which goes through a mountain for 1,645 meters, was once named one of the most captivating caves on earth by National Geographic. It is a feeder to Son Doong, named the world’s largest cave thanks to Limbert team’s excavations following a local man’s discovery.
Son Doong was featured in a 3D film by Japanese TV channel NHK in 2011, a TV special on National Geographic in 2010, and a BBC documentary.
Apart from the cave, the team is also planning to scout for locations in several other famed scenic spots in Quang Ninh Province, known for Ha Long Bay and Ninh Binh Province, rather pristine jungle and mountains were presented in several historical features.
Directed by British filmmaker Joe Wright ("Pride and Prejudice", "Atonement" and "Anna Karenina"), filming of Peter Pan began last month at the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in England.
It features Levi Miller as Pan, Amanda Seyfried as Mary, Hugh Jackman as Black-beard and Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook.
Peter Pan is set for a worldwide release on July 17, 2015.

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