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Steven Spielberg directs latest film at Luton Hoo
Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire
Steven Spielberg will direct parts of his new film, War Horse at Luton Hoo

Steven Spielberg is in Bedfordshire to direct his latest film.

War Horse, which is based on the children's book by St Albans author, Michael Morpurgo is being filmed at Loo Hoo on Wednesday and Thursday.

The film tells the story of a boy and his horse caught up in the carnage of World War I.

Filming at the stately home will go on over two days and throughout two nights. The film which stars Emily Watson will be released in August 2011.

Stage adaptation

The set at Luton Hoo will be closed to members of the public.

The stage adaptation of the War Horse was originally put on at London's National Theatre in 2007 and is currently on at the New London Theatre in the West End.

Emily Watson
Emily Watson stars in the film

It was announced earlier this year that it would transfer to Broadway in November.

The film version has been adapted by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis from both the original story and stage adaptation.

A host of British actors will star in Spielberg's latest movie including; Oscar-nominated actress Emily Watson, Jeremy Irvine in the lead role, David Thewlis and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The film will also feature German actor David Kross, who co-starred in The Reader.

Steven Spielberg is seen as Hollywood's most successful, well known and highly paid film director.

He has directed some epic films including Jaws, Jurassic Park, and E.T.

He received an Oscar for Best Director in 1993 for Schindler's List and in 1998 for Saving Private Ryan.

In 2003 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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