Apple's Tetris movie doubling Scotland for Russia

Falling Blocks, starring Taron Egerton, is shooting in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen

Apple movie Falling Blocks, starring Taron Egerton, about the creation of popular game Tetris is doubling Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen for Soviet-era Russia.

Directed by Scot Jon S. Baird (Stan & Ollie) and produced by Matthew Vaughn (Rocketman), the project is currently filming in Glasgow, despite Scotland being in lockdown.

Last month, Egerton, who plays Dutch video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers in the movie, had to go into self-isolation after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.

Filming will move to Baird’s home city Aberdeen later this month.

The story centres on a legal battle over rights to iconic 1980s game Tetris, invented by computer whizz Alexey Pajitnov, 64, in Soviet Russia.

The film is being produced and financed by Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films, with Leonard Blavatnik’s AI Film. Producers also include Gregor Cameron via his banner Unigram, which has tied up with AI Film (this is the first project from that pact), and Gillian Berrie.

Screen Scotland helped bring the production to the country and provides guidance for filming on its website.

Apple's Tetris movie doubling Scotland for Russia
Falling Bricks filming in Glasgow. Credit: The Sun Glasgow
Apple's Tetris movie doubling Scotland for Russia
Falling Bricks filming in Glasgow. Credit: The Sun Glasgow

Apple movie Falling Blocks, starring Taron Egerton, about the creation of popular game Tetris is doubling Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen for Soviet-era Russia.

Directed by Scot Jon S. Baird (Stan & Ollie) and produced by Matthew Vaughn (Rocketman), the project is currently filming in Glasgow, despite Scotland being in lockdown.

Last month, Egerton, who plays Dutch video game entrepreneur Henk Rogers in the movie, had to go into self-isolation after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.

Filming will move to Baird’s home city Aberdeen later this month.

The story centres on a legal battle over rights to iconic 1980s game Tetris, invented by computer whizz Alexey Pajitnov, 64, in Soviet Russia.

The film is being produced and financed by Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films, with Leonard Blavatnik’s AI Film. Producers also include Gregor Cameron via his banner Unigram, which has tied up with AI Film (this is the first project from that pact), and Gillian Berrie.

Screen Scotland helped bring the production to the country and provides guidance for filming on its website.

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