Gerard Butler is bloodied and bruised as he shoots new movie London Has Fallen at Somerset House
By Joanna Crawley For Mailonline
Published: 09:08 EST, 10 March 2015 | Updated: 12:53 EST, 10 March 2015
The action may have moved to London, but Gerard Butler is still in the firing line for the follow up to his hit movie Olympus Has Fallen.
With blood on his shirt, the 45-year-old was spotted shooting scenes for London Has Fallen outside one of the capital's best known landmarks - Somerset House.
The London Has Fallen's cast have decamped to the stunning location to shoot some action-packed scenes, with leading man Gerard busy filming a car sequence on Sunday.
He's back: Gerard Butler gets a costume tweak on the set of London Has Fallen, which has been shooting outside Somerset House
The actor reprises his role as secret service agent Mike Banning for the film, and it looks like he's going into battle again after saving the president from North Korean terrorists in the first movie.
Gerard was dressed in a dark suit and trench-coat as he shot scenes on the Strand in London.
His smart suit showed signs of a fight though, with his white shirt smeared with blood.
In the driving seat: The 45-year-old actor shot a dramatic scene in a car covered in bullet holes
The actor was pictured getting his costume tweaked by a crew member, before he climbed into a car as cameras rolled.
The windows of Gerard's car were covered with bullet holes, with the leading man looking ready for action as he sat in the driver's seat.
London Has Fallen's new scenes follow another dramatic shoot a few days earlier.
Last week a helicopter made an expert landing in the courtyard of Somerset House, which is normally host to the likes of London Fashion Week and summer film screenings.
Leading man: Gerard reprises his role as secret service agent Mike Banning in the follow-up to the box office hit Olympus Has Fallen
Action! A helicopter lands in the courtyard of London's Somerset House as shooting for London has Fallen continues in the capital
Caffeine fix: Gerard later headed out to grab a coffee with a female friend
The green and white helicopter hovered over the courtyard which was packed with cast and crew members before landing in the winter sunshine.
Whilst there was no sign of Gerard and co-star Aaron Eckhart on set, other cast members were spotted shooting in military uniforms and dark suits, as a fleet of limos and police cars also drove into the square.
Alongside Gerard, Aaron reprises his role from the 2013 box office hit as President of the United States Benjamin Asher.
Lots to discuss: The pair seemed to be deep in conversation as they strolled through the streets of London's Soho district together later in the afternoon
Expert landing: The pilot touched down in the square which was full of cast and crew members hard at work on the Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart- starring film
Location location location: One of London's most famous buildings was chosen as the grand setting for a key scene in the action film
Military operation: Cast members in uniform and black suits were spotted getting their make-up done as they prepared to shoot
The story picks up in London, at the funeral of the British Prime Minister, who has passed away under mysterious circumstances.
The world's leaders have gathered in the capital for the funeral service, but just like the first film things don't go to plan when the gathering becomes the target of terrorists looking to kill all those in attendance.
It's up to Eckhart's President Asher, his formidable Secret Service head Banning and a British MI-6 agent to save the day.
London Has Fallen is the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen
Action-packed set: The Somerset House courtyard normally plays host to London Fashion Week and film screenings
Quite the view: Anyone in the surrounding buildings enjoyed an eventful day as the filming took place
Other returning cast members include Morgan Freeman, as Vice President Trumbull, Angela Bassett, as Secret Service Director Lynne Jacobs, and Melissa Leo as Defense Secretary Ruth McMillan.
The shoot kicked off in the UK last October, before taking a break over the Christmas period, and starting up again last month.
Fredrik Bond was set to direct the action-packed sequel but he left the project reportedly due to creative differences.
New city, same problems: This time the action has moved from Washington DC to London as the storyline picks up after the events of the first film which hit cinemas in 2013
Hollywood invasion: A fleet of cars were also parked up in the courtyard as director Babak Najafi coordinated the shoot
Huge operation: Cast members dressed in police uniforms carried guns as a huge group of extras were drafted in for the scenes
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bond quit London Has Fallen because the production schedule was moved up leaving not enough time for him to prep.
Babak Najafi stepped into the director's slot to replace Bond, having impressed with his 2010 Berlin Film Festival debut Sebbe and Easy Money II: Hard To Kill.
Najafi and his team will be hoping the sequel matches the big ticket sales of the first film which made a total of over $161 million at the global box office two years ago.
London Has Fallen will arrive in theatres on October 2nd, 2015.
So far, so safe: The synopsis for the film promises that some of London's most famous landmarks will be destroyed as Gerard Butler's secret service agent is called into battle again
Quick break: Cast members were spotted enjoying the sunshine as they chatted in between scenes
Chilly: The cast and crew were wrapped up warm as they spent the whole day outdoors filming the tricky scenes
Perfect touchdown: A huge crowd looked on as the helicopter took centre stage in the beautiful surroundings
Ready for a close-up: Make-up artists were on hand to make sure every detail was perfect before the cameras started rolling
Police presence: Extras dressed as armed policeman and cast members in military uniform milled around the courtyard