THE movie star Charlize Theron is going to church this week. Not just any old church, a very old church: the 900-year-old Saint Bartholomew-the-Great.
The cathedral-size building in Clerkenwell, just below Hoxton, has become popular with film-makers seeking ancient interiors at a bargain price — and in hiring St Bart’s they’re quids in.
South African Theron is starring in Snow White and the Huntsman with Aussie beefcake Chris “Thor” Hemsworth and Aussie-American cupcake Kristen “Twilight” Stewart. The cast also includes dreamboat Sam Claflinand brainbox Lily Cole, who may also pop into Cloth Fair EC1A 7JQ church (near St Bart’s hospital) for filming.
Small hope: in the synopsis, the huntsman told to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods to be killed turns into a good guy (yawn), becoming her protector (zzzzzz), and embarks with her on a quest to vanquish the evil… (Sorry, you were saying..?)
Playing the dwarves will be Toby Jones, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan, Eddie Izzard and Stephen Graham.
Wait, that’s eight not seven little dudes. Hey, it’s Hollywood: who’s counting?
Directing this Snow White is Rupert Sanders. It’s a big gig for a young man known for TV commercials. And there’s competition: Julia Roberts, Sean Bean and Lily “Phil’s my daddy” Collins have been working with Indian-born Tarsem Singh on his version of the Brothers Grimm tale.
* Other films to have located in St Bart’s: Another Country (1984), Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (1991), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Jude (1996), Shakespeare in Love (1998), The End of the Affair (1999), Madam Bovary (BBC TV film, 2000), Amazing Grace (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Nine (2009). Info on these, and most, films: imdb.com