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First day of filming Dylan Thomas movie starring Elijah Wood is 'incredible' according to one of its stars

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

  • Hollywood star Elijah Wood

  • Celyn Jones.

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DYLAN Thomas actor Celyn Jones has revealed the first day of filming in Swansea about the poet's life was incredible.

Celyn, who is cast as the city-born wordsmith, said Set Fire to the Stars had enjoyed a successful start and he paid tribute to the cast of actors working alongside him, including Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood — who celebrated his 33rd birthday yesterday.

Filming is taking place at Bay Studios in Swansea Bay, along with a series of city locations over the next three weeks.

On micro-blogging site Twitter Celyn said: "Here we go ...incredible first day!"

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Celyn added: "One of the best casts I've ever worked with! Humbled to the core."

Elijah, who also appeared in Green Street, has been seen dining at The Wild Swan in Orchard Street, Swansea, as he takes on the role of Canadian-born poet John Malcolm Brinnin who introduced Dylan to the US.

Fan Michelle Holmes, on Twitter, wished Elijah and Celyn good luck, adding: "Hope you have an amazing shoot."

And Iain Mckee also took to the site to say: "You have a blinder! It will be magical, if the scripts (are) to go by. Best to all!"

The film, which also features English stage, TV and big screen actress Kelly Reilly, Shirley Henderson, who played Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Steven Mackintosh, who starred in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Downtown Abbey director Andy Goddard is directing the film, which is being shot throughout the day at places familiar to Dylan Thomas.

It is the only movie being shot to mark the 100th anniversary since the birth of the poet.

Swansea-born production designer Ed Thomas, whose company YJB Films that he set up with entertainer Mal Pope helped to bring the film to the city.

Filming first got under way on Monday.

Producer Andrew James said it was a great film to work on and added: "It's not hard to find momentum around this project.

"Having Ed (Thomas) on board is great as he knows what we can achieve.

"I am incredibly excited about the film."

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