Part of Oakfield Road, in West Croydon, was cordoned off for three days this week while filming took place for a movie.
The cordon was up while crews were at the Croydon & District Masonic Hall to shoot scenes for Three Seconds, which is due to be released next year, according to its page on movie website IMDB. The crime thriller will star a host of famous faces including Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike, Chancer star Clive Owen and Joel Kinnaman, who plays Will Conway in Netfilx’s House of Cards. Cuban actress Ana De Armas has been chosen to play the film’s female lead, Sofia Hoffman, while rapper Common has also been confirmed for an as-yet unspecified role.
A spokeswoman for Croydon Council, which manages filming in the borough, said: “Maddem Films are currently in the pre-production stages for a new international feature film ‘Three Seconds’ based on the best-selling Swedish novel by Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström. Three Seconds follows former special ops soldier Pete Hoffman who has been working undercover for the FBI in New York.”
The spokeswoman was unable to comment as to which of the actors were in Croydon this week but added that Oakfield Road residents were informed in advance by letter. Croydon Advertiser has contacted Croydon & District Masonic Hall for a comment. Built in the 19th century and originally used as a church, the hall is now used for various events such as meetings and live music performances.
First published as a novel in Sweden in 2009, Three Seconds was translated into English a year later and has been a huge hit worldwide. The movie adaption was announced at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, which took place over 11 days in May. It follows the story of Detective Pete Hoffman’s crime-solving work after the death of his wife Sofia, which he feels responsible for.