Rachel Weisz in 1st shooting day of 'Bourne' in Manila

Posted at 01/11/2012 6:50 PM | Updated as of 01/11/2012 7:49 PM
“Bourne Legacy” lead actress Rachel Weisz poses for a picture during the film’s first shooting day in Manila. Photo by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – The first shooting day of the big-budget film "Bourne Legacy" here in Manila has wrapped up.

Since 5 a.m. on Wednesday, the set of “Bourne Legacy” in Malate, Manila was very much alive with people excitedly running around for the first day of shooting for the fourth installment of the “Bourne” series.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the movie's Philippines producer Jun Juban said 34 huge trucks with very expensive movie equipment were lined up in Leveriza Street in Manila. Some of the equipment were also stored at the San Andres Sports Complex.

There were also about 400 members of foreign and local production team who made sure that everything is set for the shoot.

A lot of the scenes shot on Wednesday involved the movie’s lead actress, Rachel Weisz, who arrived in the country on Sunday night.

Weisz was spotted on the set shooting a couple of scenes. She was accompanied by three members of the Manila police.

She also had a couple of scenes with a dog named “Gibo” and she was very friendly with some onlookers.

There were a number of people milling around, hoping to get a glimpse of the actress and what was going on.

While security was very tight as more onlookers came to watch the shoot, the production team allowed some fans to take some cellphone shots of Weisz.

Several local actors were also confirmed to be part of the movie. Among them are theater actors Lou Veloso, who will play a fisherman; Medeleine Nicholas as a hotel employee; and John Arcilla as a security guard. Joel Torre, who appeared in the Hollywood indie film "Amigo" by director John Sayles, was earlier rumored to have been cast in "Bourne Legacy," but the actor denied this in a text message.

Juban said this is could prove to be a huge break for local talents who will have speaking roles and act along side Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner and Weisz. – Report from Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News

"Bourne Legacy" actor Jeremy Renner poses with blogger Mia Carmella Bontol at the Manila Peninsula. TV grab from Bandila, January 9, 2012.