EXCITED youngsters looked on as more tall ships arrived at Gloucester Docks yesterday ready for the new Johnny Depp film.
The ships passed up the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal before docking outside the Waterways Museum - as a massive marquee sprung up in Ladybellegate Street to house extras, crew and make-up artists.
Scenes for the Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass, starring Johnny Depp, will be shot from Monday.
Rumours originally claimed crews behind the next instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series had chosen to film in the city.
Barbara Wilson, from Chipping Norton, who was visiting the Docks, said: “I wonder if the film will end with Alice being taken away in a boat and she disappears.”
The film crew erected a marquee in the car park in Ladybellegate Street to use while they are filming in Gloucester.
A member of staff working in the production team said the marquee was being used for the film’s background scenes and for the extras.
Dozens of onlookers turned out yesterday afternoon to catch a glimpse of the ships docking up.
Jean Neale from Gloucester said: “Why shouldn’t the Gloucester Docks be used, it is exciting. It is something different and it is bringing the docks to life.”
Director James Bobin will be at the helm for the fantasy sequel, taking over from Tim Burton who oversaw Alice in Wonderland.
This is not the first time a major film has been shot in Gloucester.
The Cathedral’s cloisters were transformed into the hallowed corridors of Hogwarts for three Harry Potter films, and the tourist attraction also featured in the Dr Who Christmas Special in 2008.
Last month Homeland star Damian Lewis arrived in the city to film scenes for the BBC adaptation of hit book Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel which will be aired next year.