EXC: Jason Statham shuts down Kent bridge to shoot chase sequence for his new film The Beekeeper


Jason Statham was pictured for the first time shooting his new film, The Beekeeper, on Saturday.

The actor, 55, was dressed by the wardrobe department in a brown jacket and matching trousers, as well as aviator sunglasses and a navy baseball cap, as he filmed a dramatic chase sequence in Kent.

Crew members had shut the Kingsferry Bridge between Sheppey and Sittingbourne for 48 hours so they could film shots, including one where a car is seen hurtling towards the Swale River, sending a dummy flying into the air.

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Jason Statham wore a brown jacket and trouser co-ord as he shut down a bridge in Kent to shoot dramatic a chase sequence for his new film The Beekeeper on Saturday

Starring Jason and The Hunger James’ Josh Hutcherson, the picture depicts a man’s quest for vengeance after it is is revealed that he was a former agent of the powerful and covert organisation called Beekeepers.

On set, the Snatch star is handed a cup of coffee by a member of the set before he gets into character and scrolls through his phone before shooting a surprised and puzzled expression through his sunglasses. 

An unidentified actor wearing an orange suit is seen with a belt around his torso, his outfit coordinating with that of the dummy that is driven off the bridge by the car.

Dramatic: Crew members had shut the Kingsferry Bridge between Sheppey and Sittingbourne for 48 hours so they could film shots, including one where a car is seen hurtling towards the Swale River, sending a dummy flying into the air

Dramatic: Crew members had shut the Kingsferry Bridge between Sheppey and Sittingbourne for 48 hours so they could film shots, including one where a car is seen hurtling towards the Swale River, sending a dummy flying into the air

Outfit: The actor, 55, was dressed by the wardrobe department in a brown jacket and matching trousers as he filmed a dramatic chase sequence in Kent

Looking good: He accessorised with aviator sunglasses and a navy baseball cap

Outfit: The actor, 55, was dressed by the wardrobe department in a brown jacket and matching trousers, as well as aviator sunglasses and a navy baseball cap, as he filmed a dramatic chase sequence in Kent

Busy:

Busy: On set, the Snatch star is handed a cup of coffee by a member of the set before he gets into character and scrolls through his phone before shooting a surprised and puzzled expression through his sunglasses

Who's that? An unidentified actor wearing an orange suit is seen with a belt around his torso

Coincidence? His outfit coordinates with that of the dummy that is driven off the bridge by the car

Who’s that? An unidentified actor wearing an orange suit is seen with a belt around his torso, his outfit coordinating with that of the dummy that is driven off the bridge by the car

Jason’s fiancé Rosie recently spoke of her longing to return to her home county of Devon after living in celebrity enclave Malibu, California for years. 

She and Jason – who share five-year-old son Jack and daughter Isabella, five months, together – sold their Malibu mansion for $18.5 million to move to the Chelsea district of London.

Rosie was born in the Devon city Plymouth before moving to market town Tavistock, also located South West English county, and she admits that part of the world is still her favourite.

Storyline: It stars Jason (left) and The Hunger James' Josh Hutcherson

Coming soon: The picture depicts a man's quest for vengeance after it is is revealed that he was a former agent of the powerful and covert organisation called Beekeepers

Storyline: Starring Jason (left) and The Hunger James’ Josh Hutcherson, the picture depicts a man’s quest for vengeance after it is is revealed that he was a former agent of the powerful and covert organisation called Beekeepers

Team: Jason was surrounded by members of the crew and multiple cameras as he got to work

Team: Jason was surrounded by members of the crew and multiple cameras as he got to work

What's going on? Crew members ventured into the river on small boats

What’s going on? Crew members ventured into the river on small boats

Tense: Actors were seen lifting a car out of the water with a crane

Tense: Actors were seen lifting a car out of the water with a crane

Wow! The shoot certainly looks for a great movie

Wow! The shoot certainly looks for a great movie

In an interview with Great British LIFE, she said: ‘I’m a country girl at heart…

‘I spend a lot of my time living in LA which is lovely. I spend a lot of time in other major cities too. There might be the glamour and fun to enjoy in a city but the real beauty is in the countryside and especially in my home county where the people are so nice and ready to volunteer smile for no particular reason.

‘The country air smells so fresh and I still love to see the sheep, the pigs, the ducks, chickens and, of course, the horses. Whenever I am here and I really don’t like to be away for very long, I just find it all so relaxing and lovely. It is home to me.’

Exciting: The thrilling scenes were shot on the Kingsferry Bridge between Sheppey and Sittingbourne

Exciting: The thrilling scenes were shot on the Kingsferry Bridge between Sheppey and Sittingbourne

Dramatic: Thankfully, the figure wearing the orange suit is just a dummy

Dramatic: Thankfully, the figure wearing the orange suit is just a dummy

Despite being engaged since 2016, Rosie and Jason are in no hurry to rush their wedding preparations.

Welcoming their son, Jack, a year after her beau got down on one knee, Rosie told ET in 2018 that the wedding wasn’t a ‘huge priority.’

She said: ‘We’re looking forward to that time. It’s also not a huge priority for us; we’re so happy. I think it will be fun to do it when the baby’s grown up a bit and he can be involved in the wedding.’

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