”The Mask” Sequel Begins Filming in Australia This November

New Line Cinema’s “The Mask II: Son of the Mask” is beginning to see some real movement in its production phase, which had been at a standstill for two months. According to our sources, principal photography is set to start this November in Queensland, Australia. The Hollywood Reporter had previously reported in May that a July 21 start was planned, so this is a move back in filming of approximately five months.

The sequel focuses on Tim Avery (played by Jamie Kennedy), an aspiring cartoonist at Animagic Studios. Not ready for fatherhood, he finds himself raising a baby, soon finding out that his son is endowed with the powers of the mask of Loki. Neither Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz or Richard Jeni are expected to return in the sequel.

In related news, our sources say that the film’s casting director is looking to fill the role of Jorge. Described as a Latino in his early 30s, the character is Avery’s co-worker, best friend and “partner in crime” at the office. According to the description, Jorge wears the motion capture gear at Animagic and helps Tim at the animation house. The casting director is looking for Latino comedians, especially those with excellent comic timing.

Larry Guterman (“Cats & Dogs”) is set to direct from a Lance Khazei script. No word yet on whether Alan Cumming has officially signed on to play the villainous Loki in the film, or if he has dropped out with the delay in shooting.

The Scorecard
Producer: Beau Marks
Director: Larry Gateman
Casting Director: Roger Mussenden
Start Date: November 2003
Location: Queensland, Australia
Distributor: New Line Cinema