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Ridley Scott films at Iceland volcano "ready to blow"

The Oscar-winning director is shooting scenes for his new film, "Prometheus,” at the foot of Iceland's Hekla volcano, one of the country's most active.
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Ridley Scott poses for a picture at the 18th Annual BAFTA Britannia Awards on November 4, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Scott on July 11, 2011 began shooting scenes for his next film at the foot of an active volcano in Iceland. Experts have warned that Iceland's Helka volcano is "ready to erupt." (Toby Canham/Getty Images)

Director Ridley Scott has started shooting scenes for his new sci-fi film, bringing actors and crew to the base of a volcano in Iceland that experts say is about to erupt.

The Oscar-winning director on Monday began filming part of “Prometheus,” his next film, at the foot of Iceland’s Hekla volcano, said to be one of the most active in the country.

Actors Charlize Theron, Michael Fessbender, Guy Pearce, Lisbeth Salander and Noomi Rice are in Iceland for the two-week shoot. The film is scheduled to hit U.S. screens in June 2012.

“If one is afraid of nature in this profession then it would be best to find a different job,” Scott told reporters in Iceland, according to the website IceNews.

According to Agence France-Presse, experts have warned that the Hekla volcano is ready to erupt at any moment, based on measurements showing magma movement.

Iceland’s volcanoes have gained recent notoriety for their tendency to blow ash into Europe’s airspace, disrupting air travel across the continent.

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