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The first shots from upcoming coronavirus flick Songbird have been shared.
The new movie, from filmmaker Adam Mason, is set to be the first about the pandemic, but if you're hoping for something to try and lift your spirits amid the outbreak then you might be out of luck.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Songbird is set in 2024, and will show the world in its fourth year of lockdown as it battles with Covid-23 - a mutation that is more deadly, with a 50 percent mortality rate. Yikes.
US citizens who are unfortunate enough to contract the virus are dragged from their homes and dumped in quarantine camps.
Riverdale's KJ Apa stars as Nico - a man who has Covid immunity, so spends his days dropping off deliveries and supplies around the city.
During the course of the movie, Nico finds love with Sara (played by Sofia Carson) a woman he hasn't actually met due to the strict lockdown rules. Ah well, there's always Zoom, mate.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Mason said: "It's a dystopian, scary world, but it's a romantic movie about two people who want to be together, but they can't.
"It's Romeo and Juliet, but they're separated by her front door and by the virus."
The film will certainly have an edge of realism, given that it was actually written and filmed during the ongoing pandemic.
Mason told Entertainment Weekly that the idea for the movie came about when his script-writing partner Simon Boyes gave him a call the day after parts of the US went into lockdown and suggested they 'should just go and make a movie'.
So, he hastily worked on an outline for a movie plot, which he then sent to producer Adam Goodman - Goodman signed up to the flick and so did Michael Bay.
To keep cast and crew safe, production followed strict health and safety measures, including introducing separate zones for the crew, regular testing and keeping a small crew of under 40 people a day.
Incredibly, the movie was shot in just 17 days.
Apa told the news outlet: "We were kind of trepidatious, but still very much amped and excited to get to work.
"It was really eerie, but the way we shot was every actor's dream."
For anyone concerned that the movie might be just a little bit too bleak, Carson said: "Even though this is the pandemic thriller and it's suspenseful and terrifying, the heart of a story is hope.
"In our never-ending dark night, the songbird sings a song of hope."
As yet Songbird doesn't have a release date.
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