X-Men: Apocalypse filmed in Montreal
Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero sequel X-Men: Apocalypse filmed on location in the Canadian city of Montreal, with a base at Mel’s Cite du Cinema.
The film is the second X-Men movie to shoot in Montreal following X-Men: Days of Future Past, and this time pitches the superhero team against ancient demigod villain Apocalypse.
Bryan Singer’s production built nearly 60 separate sets at Mel’s facility. A wall separating two of the stages was taken down to accommodate the sheer scale of the set for the ‘X-Mansion’, home to psychic X-Men father-figure Professor Charles Xavier.
The studio sets and nearby exterior locations were all used to recreate settings including both ancient and modern-day Egypt, as well as East Germany, Poland and the US of the early 1980s.
Quebec offers a base 20% filming incentive, plus a 16% tax credit for visual effects work. The X-Men movies are the highest-profile productions to have filmed in the eastern province. Smaller projects have included Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk, Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall and Saoirse Ronan's Oscar-nominated romantic drama Brooklyn.
Since launching 16 years ago, the X-Men franchise has filmed largely in Vancouver and Toronto over the course of eight movies. Hugh Jackman’s spinoff titles X-Men Origins: Wolverine and its first sequel The Wolverine took the franchise to Australia for the first time as Jackman’s star power grew.
X-Men: First Class – which introduced a younger cast alongside key veterans – was based in the UK when British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn took the director’s chair.
For more on filming on Quebec see our production guide.
Image: Twentieth Century Fox