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Filming for TV series Snatch begins in Nerja

  • Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, is the star of this series about a group of young hustlers who have now fled the UK

  • Filming has now begun in Nerja of the Sony series Snatch, which will continue for four months and involve an investment of around ten million euros

Rupert Grint on set.
Rupert Grint on set. / EUGENIO CABEZAS

He didn't make us wait long. He appeared wearing the hat which people already identify with his character in Snatch, sunglasses and a smart suit.

However, beneath the elegant appearance is a fraudster, and behind that fraudster is popular actor Rupert Grint, best known for his role as Ron Weasley, Harry Potter's best friend in the films based on J.K. Rowling's novels.

The British actor was in Nerja on Monday for the first day of filming of the Sony production.

The filming of this second season of the series is the most important foreign production in Malaga in recent years, and the figures are impressive: over ten million euros of investment, four months of filming, a technical team of more than 150, about 1500 extras and the presence of the star, Rupert Grint.

The Balcón de Europa and the Giner de los Ríos Centre (converted into the 'Hostal Acapulco') were the first locations for this second helping of the British-American series, which will be filmed exclusively in Malaga province.

For this purpose Sony has contracted a Spanish company, Fresco Films, which also filmed three seasons of Game of Thrones in this country.

From Marbella to Nerja, passing through Maro, Torre del Mar and Malaga city, the filming will portray the latest adventures of a gang of young hustlers who have fled the grey and cold of the UK and headed for the colourful warmth of the Costa del Sol.

Sony originally planned to film in Barcelona and Catalonia but the executive producer of Fresco Films, Peter Welter, convinced them that Malaga province would be better.

“We had to persuade them that they would be able to find all the professionals and infrastructure they needed to film a project like this,” said Peter. Apart from the directors, the rest of the 150-strong technical team are all from Andalucía.

He also pointed out that this series is an important source of income for the audiovisual industry in Spain, and said Brexit is another business opportunity for Europe, because many Hollywood studios which opened subsidiaries in London and transferred a good part of their production there will be relocating to other countries.

“That's why it's important that tax benefits are improved for major foreign producers, because we are not as competitive as Italy or France in that respect,” said Peter.

Adventures and excitement

Under present legislation, the tax benefits for foreign films and series are limited to three million euros.

“We're losing out because companies are only doing part of their filming in Spain and then going on to Hungary because of the tax advantages,” he added.

In this series of Snatch the gang will use a beach restaurant on the coast as their main hangout but there will be plenty of action scenes and chases, and all the excitement of Guy Ritchie's film which led to the first series.