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Welsh actors thrilled with new movie studio

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Feb 17, 2014 | 7:08am EST

Welsh actors Michael Sheen and Matthew Rhys have thrown their support behind plans to open a new multi-million dollar Hollywood movie studio in their homeland. Bosses behind the fabled Pinewood studios in Buckinghamshire, England, where films including Alien, The Dark Knight, and many of the Bond movies were shot, will be setting up a new base in Cardiff, Wales. Pinewood Studios Wales is expected to create thousands of jobs and give the local economy a major boost, much to the delight of Welsh actor Sheen, who says of the project, "This is a logical next step, building upon the huge success of the revitalised Welsh entertainment industry. It's always a precarious business to attempt such a large undertaking, but it points to the confidence, the expertise and the creative spirit of the people of Wales and I hope it can help the country come closer to realising its hopes for the future." Brothers and Sisters star Matthew Rhys, who hails from Cardiff, is also thrilled to see Hollywood come to his hometown, adding, "This is more good news for Wales, and recognition of our place on the world stage as a destination for film and television drama production. "Pinewood is a massive name in film and it's great that more of the many talented people in Wales will now have a chance to ply their trade at home. Having a studio like this on their doorstep will also inspire a new generation of actors and film-makers from Wales."

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