While Vancouver may be nicknamed Hollywood North, it might as well be also known as Fanboy/girl/person Central.
You see, our city has long been the shooting destination for numerous sci-fi and fantasy series and films, with many thanks in part to the booming local visual FX industry. (Vancouver became the world’s largest visual effects and animation hub after Sony Imageworks relocated its headquarters here last July.)
On the TV front, there’s been Continuum, Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, and Highlander, and there’ve been a history of cinematic blockbusters like I, Robot, Fantastic Four, Blade, Man of Steel, Twilight, Tron: Legacy, Jumanji, Percy Jackson, and the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still all shot here.
Here’s a current case-in-point: the big-screen adaptation of Power Rangers is well underway, having started shooting here in February.
The cast features R.J. Cyler (Red Ranger), Dacre Montgomery (Blue Ranger), pop star Becky G (Yellow Ranger), Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger), and Beijing-based Chinese Canadian actor and former Vancouverite Ludi Lin (Black Ranger).
On set, Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock, Pitch Perfect) got repulsive playing alien villain Rita Repulsa as she did wire work for aerial manoeuvres on April 26.
Banks, who was recently confirmed as the director for the Charlie’s Angels reboot, has also been snapped around town while enjoying time off set.
The power pack will continue shooting in Vancouver until May 25.
In other sci-fi and fantasy news, Neil Patrick Harris was photographed on April 25 dressed up as the evil Count Olaf (a role he inherits from Jim Carrey who played him in the 2004 feature film) for the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
With a prosthetic nose, receding hairline, and devilish hair and makeup, he transformed into the dastardly role with convincing flair while shooting exterior scenes at Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business in downtown Vancouver.