Menai suspension bridge was closed this morning as the Bangor side of the bridge at Treborth became a film set for ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ which is due to be released in cinemas in April 2019.

Filming began at 7am this morning and a helicopter was also deployed as part of the filming. The road is closed and all traffic is being diverted over Britannia Bridge.

Quite a large crowd had gathered to watch the filming but anyone hoping to see Robert Downey Jr, who is starring in the film, is likely to be disappointed as he isn’t believed to be involved in the scenes being filmed.

The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle is produced by Susan Downey alongside Jeff Kirschenbaum and Jeff Roth, with Stephen Gaghan directing from a screenplay he wrote with Thomas Shepherd. Jim Broadbent and Harry Collett are lined up to co-star in the Universal feature.

The Doctor Dolittle character – who has the ability to talk to animals – features in a series of books published over a period of 30 years beginning in 1920 with The Story of Doctor Dolittle.

Photo: Wayne McIntosh