Unlocking the Book of Secrets
The folks over at IGN visited the set of National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets back in June and they are just able to share some their experiences.
On a colder-than-usual evening back in June of this year, IGN was one of a few select outlets invited to the backlot at Universal Studios, Hollywood, to observe the filming of the upcoming action sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Now, with the film’s Dec. 21st release date fast approaching, we’re finally able to share some of the sights and interviews from that visit.
Director Jon Turteltaub returns to the helm of this follow-up, inspired by the historical factoid that 18 pages mysteriously went missing from the diary of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Like the first film, Book of Secrets blends real history with conspiracy theories and outright fiction, presenting a series of clues that lead Nicolas Cage’s Ben Gates on a treasure hunt tied to the secrets of his ancestors.
This time, Ben’s not just on a quest for treasure, he’s also out to clear his family name when one of the missing pages turns up and implicates his great-grandfather in a conspiracy to kill Lincoln. The trail leads Ben and his team to the titular Book of Secrets, supposedly handed down from one president to the next. Said to contain the truth about every secret in the nation’s history — from Area 51 to the Kennedy assassination — the legendary book may also hold the key to finding the greatest treasure of all time.
Also reprising their roles from the original are Justin Bartha as Ben’s tech-savvy sidekick Riley; Diane Kruger as history expert Abigail Chase; and Jon Voight as Ben’s father, Patrick. And lending some additional star power to the cast this time around is Helen Mirren, fresh from her Oscar win for best actress in The Queen, playing Ben’s mom, and Ed Harris as Ben’s latest adversary.
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