Filming for a Hollywood blockbuster has continued in County Durham after several weeks of filming in Northumberland has just taken place. 

Over the last six weeks, trailers and crew members have been spotted at Lindisfarne (the Holy Island), Hexham, and Newcastle - but the production company has now rolled into County Durham. 

It's understood that the film crews who have been seen at various places in County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and Northumberland are involved in the filming of 28 Years Later; a follow-up to the critically acclaimed 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. 

According to IMDB: "Originally, the follow-up was set to be titled "28 Months Later", continuing with the movie's timeline-set title motif. However, after so much time had passed since we last returned to this world in 2007 (28 Weeks Later), it was deemed more appropriate to name the film "28 Years Later"."

In images captured of film crews so far, trailers at Lindisfarne, Hexham, and now Waskerley, near Consett, in County Durham, there seems to be an extensive team behind the production, which is expected to be released on June 20, 2025.

According to movie site IMDB, the film, directed by Danny Boyle, will be filmed in the North East - but it's not known how long production will take in the region and how long film teams will take.

And what's more - for those who want to glimpse of A-listers might be waiting a while - the confirmed cast so far includes Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and James Bond hopeful Aaron Taylor Johnson, alongside Cillian Murphy, who starred in 28 Days Later.

Plot details are under wraps, but it is understood to have been co-written by Alex Garland.

What do we know so far?

  • The film will star Jodie Comer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Cillian Murphy
  • Filming has started in Northumberland and now moved to County Durham, near Consett (Waskerley)
  • 28 Years Later is a follow-up to 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later
  • It is directed by Danny Boyle - with film crews spotted across the North East in recent times

The series first began in 2002 - when a fresh-faced Cillian Murphy depicted a London resident who woke up from a coma in a post-apocalyptic Britain in St Thomas Hospital.

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Fighting off zombies, Murphy along with other survivors make their way to Manchester in an effort to be saved. Murphy is also involved in the forthcoming movie - not as an actor but as an executive producer.

The original film earned an impressive £65 million at the box office and preceded the success of zombie films and TV shows including The Walking Dead, World War Z and Zombieland.

It is regularly cited in lists of the greatest zombie movies of all time and was followed five years later by a sequel, 28 Weeks Later.