Steven Spielberg transforms Birmingham Jewellery Quarter into ‘futuristic America’

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15:  Peresident of the Jury Steven Spielberg attends the Jury Photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Several roads around Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter are set to close over the next two days to make way for a major filming production directed by Steven Spielberg.

The closures – which begin at 7am tomorrow and last until 6am the following day – will see the streets of the Jewellery Quarter kitted up to resemble a futuristic America for a sci-fi blockbuster called ‘Ready Player One’.

The film stars Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn.

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Jewellery businesses affected by the closures are understood to have received letters informing them of the disruption.

Local newspaper reports stated that Deep Blue Productions, the production company organising the filming, have worked closely with traffic management to ensure the move has minimal impact on business.

Livery Street, between Cox Street and Water Street, and Mary Anne Street, between St Paul’s Square and Livery Street, will both be affected from 7am to 6am, while a number of streets will be closed from 5pm to 6am.

This includes Henrietta Street, between Livery Street and Constitution Hill, and Ludgate Hill, between Water Street and St Paul’s Square.

Ready Player One is based on the 2011 science fiction and dystopian novel by Ernest Cline.

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