The Northern Quarter was transformed into 1940s New York as the Sky series Das Boot was filmed in the city. A vintage American yellow cab was seen on location in the Dale Street area as scenes were filmed for the second series of the wartime drama.
The first series, about a German U-boat crew who have to survive a secret mission and a young woman torn between loyalty for her home country and the French resistance, premiered in November last year and was screened Sky Atlantic in the UK in February.
The TV series is a sequel to the 1981 film Das Boot and like the film, the series is based on Lothar-Gunther Buchheim’s 1973 book of the same name with elements from Buchheim’s 1995 sequel Die Festung.
In December plans for a second series were announced.
Das Boot is one of many dramas that have used the Northern Quarter area to double as the Big Apple.
The actor, who played the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor in the cult BBC series and also stars as Prince Philip in Netflix drama The Crown, will play villain Loxius Crown in the blockbuster.
Smith was pictured strolling through the Northern Quarter as the area doubled for downtown New York and a stunt double was seen swooping on a wire from a building to land on top of a crash mat in Port Street, where a Manhattan subway station frontage had been installed.
Dallas Buyers Club star Leto, who plays the title role of Dr Michael Morbius, a scientist who turns himself into a vampire when he attempts to cure himself of a rare blood disease, was seen outside Leo’s Fish Bar on Oldham Street.
A Mustang and yellow taxis were also seen parked up in the area and the streets were filled with props including traffic lights, a blue and white New York City bus, news stands and blue US Mail postboxes.
Leto, who also fronts the band Thirty Seconds to Mars, filmed scenes with True Detective star Adria Arjona, who plays Morbius’s fiancé Martine Bancroft.
Manchester has formed the backdrop to a number of big budget films and TV series in recent years, including Peaky Blinders, a remake of Snatch starring Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, BBC war drama World on Fire and Sky series Curfew. Marvel’s Captain America was also partly filmed on Dale Street in 2011.
The futuristic Sky drama Curfew was one of the biggest filming projects the city has ever seen, shot between February and June last year.
In a first for the city, the Mancunian Way, one of Manchester’s busiest commuter routes, was closed on a Sunday night.
And the production saw a fleet of unusual cars parked up around the Northern Quarter for night-time scenes filmed around Ducie Street.
This ambitious project was made possible by Screen Manchester , the city’s dedicated film office, who work to find locations in our region for TV and film productions and have previously worked with the teams behind Cold Feet , Peaky Blinders and No Offence.
Screen Manchester’s development manager Bobby Cochrane, told us previously: “We are getting more and more enquiries about filming in Manchester and long may it continue.”