The Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, the 35-story landmark in downtown Los Angeles known for its revolving cocktail lounge, giant atrium and cylindrical glass towers, has long been a popular film location.
The movies "True Lies," "In the Line of Fire" and "This Is Spinal Tap" and the TV series
Last week, the hotel along Figueroa Street added another production to its list of credits: the science-fiction movie "Interstellar" from director Chris Nolan, who co-wrote the script with his brother Jonathan.
The big-budget production, which began filming in Alberta, Canada, this summer before moving to Iceland, recently shifted to Los Angeles, where it is scheduled to film for 54 days.
"Interstellar," set for release in November 2014, stars
Nolan's 2010 movie,
Representatives of Paramount and Warner Bros. declined to comment on the "Interstellar" project, which is being kept under wraps and is filming under the assumed name of "Flora's Letter," a tactic studios and producers commonly use to keep their projects under the radar. "The Dark Knight Rises" filmed under the name Magnus Rex.
A crew of about 150 people filmed three days at the hotel last week in an elaborate shoot that took three weeks of preparation, according to a permit filed with the city. The work included "construction of large set pieces and scaffolding inside the lobby of the hotel on levels 1 through 6."
The scene also called for stuntmen rappelling from scaffolding and "atmospheric smoke effects," according to the permit handled by FilmL.A. Inc.
In addition to filming at a sound stage at
Producers also are scheduled to film at the Los Angeles Convention Center for three days in mid-December. Filming will involve street closures near the convention center and more "atmospheric smoke effects," according to a permit.
"Interstellar" also is scheduled to film at a private residence in Altadena next month.