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The Last Witch Hunter films in Pittsburgh locations

The crew for The Last Witch Hunter prepares for filming last week on Forbes Avenue. (credit: Justin McGown/) The crew for The Last Witch Hunter prepares for filming last week on Forbes Avenue. (credit: Justin McGown/) Extras for the film, which stars Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie, sit on set. (credit: Justin McGown/) Extras for the film, which stars Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie, sit on set. (credit: Justin McGown/)

Just around the corner from the Mellon Institute, recognizable from its role as Gotham City Hall in The Dark Knight Rises, trailers lined both sides of a blocked off Forbes Avenue Extension, as well as a lane of traffic on Forbes Avenue as caterers, riggers, and actors hurried around. The Carnegie Music Hall was standing in for an elegant opera house or theatre in New York City for The Last Witch Hunter, a supernatural action thriller from Lionsgate Studios with an all-star cast and a mainly local film crew.

Vin Diesel, a veteran of the Riddick science fiction action franchise, will star as the titular last witch hunter. Diesel will be starring alongside Elijah Wood, who portrayed Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Rose Leslie, best known for her television role as Ygritte on Game of Thrones; and Sir Michael Caine. Breck Eisner, the director of The Crazies and Sahara, has the helm on The Last Witch Hunter. Vin Diesel is also one of the producers of the film, alongside Mark Canton and Bernard Goldmann.

According to Amanda Brand, the unit publicist for the movie, a number of locations around Pittsburgh will be used as stand-ins for New York City. Brand cited initiatives and tax credits offered by the city for the choice of filming, in addition to the quality film crew in the city. Brand has previously worked on I Am Number Four and Super 8 with Pittsburgh film crews, even though Super 8 was shot in West Virginia. Brand described working here with the crews as a great experience.