Ely Cathedral has been closed to the public today so that its interior can be filmed for Hollywood blockbuster Assassin’s Creed.
The grounds immediately by the cathedral have been sealed off and visitors are being offered special deals to visit other tourist attractions, such as Oliver Cromwell’s House.
Due for release on December 21, Assassin’s Creed is an action adventure movie based on the hugely popular gaming franchise of the same name.
It stars Michael Fassbender as 15th Century Spanish assassin Aguilar de Nerha and his present day descendant Callum Lynch, who must defeat the mighty Templars. Other stars include Oscar winner Marion Cotillard and legendary actor Jeremy Irons.
The film – the first in what is hoped will be a trilogy – is directed by Justin Kurzel, produced by Fassbender and distributed by 20th Century Fox.
Fassbender, Kurzel and Cotillard were all involved in MacBeth, which was partly filmed at Ely Cathedral in 2014.
The cathedral is a popular movie location, with numerous TV productions and movies being filmed there in recent years, including The Crown, The King’s Speech and Jupiter Ascending.
The on-set title for Assassin’s Creed is Time Out of Mind (TOOM), named after TOOM Productions Ltd.