Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Timothy Spall shoot their FIRST scenes on the set of Rich Flu

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins Timothy Spall in rural Spain as the Catalan countryside is transformed into a frozen wasteland for their FIRST scenes on the set of pandemic thriller Rich Flu

The scenic Catalan countryside turned into a desolate frozen landscape on Thursday as principal photography for the upcoming pandemic thriller Rich Flu began.

Actors Timothy Spall and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were seen working on the perilous set, located in a quarry on the outskirts of the Spanish city of Barcelona.

Artificial snow covered the bare land, turning it into a snowy no-man’s land with little more than a makeshift wooden and canvas shelter.

... and Timothy Spall were seen in slow motion between scenes filming upcoming pandemic thriller Rich Flu in rural Spain

Stock! Actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead (L) and Timothy Spall (R) were seen in slow motion between scenes filming the upcoming pandemic thriller Rich Flu in rural Spain

Clad in thick bearskin pants, the pair appeared to be battling the fierce elements in an inhospitable world plagued by a terrifying new plague.

Between takes, Winstead, 37, passed the time chatting with the assembled members of the production crew while cradling a little boy whose relevance to the scene in question was unclear.

With temperatures still mild across Spain, British star Spall, 65 – whose career began almost 40 years ago in the 80s drama Auf Wiedersehen, Pet – donned a pair of sunglasses heavily tinted while waiting to resume work.

Wasteland: The scenic Catalan countryside outside Barcelona was transformed into a desolate frozen landscape on Thursday as principal photography began

Wasteland: The scenic Catalan countryside outside Barcelona was transformed into a desolate frozen landscape on Thursday as principal photography began

Cheerful: Between takes, Winstead passed the time by chatting with members of the production crew while cradling a little boy whose relevance to the scene in question was unclear

Doting: The actress was seen looking after the child on Thursday

Cheerful: Between takes, Winstead passed the time by chatting with members of the production crew while cradling a little boy whose relevance to the scene in question was unclear

Here we go: Dressed in thick bearskin pants, the actress seemed to be battling the fierce elements in an inhospitable world, plagued by a terrifying new plague

Here we go: Dressed in thick bearskin pants, the actress seemed to be battling the fierce elements in an inhospitable world, plagued by a terrifying new plague

Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, Rich Flu will depict the social and economic impact of a radical fictional disease that only infects the rich and successful.

It will be Gaztelu-Urrutia’s second feature film following the 2019 release of The Platform, which won the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Additionally, the low-budget film swept the board at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, winning Best Picture, Best New Director, Best Special Effects, and Audience Award.

Everything is ready: The crew were seen gathering outside a windswept cabin with a small group of extras

Everything is ready: The crew were seen gathering outside a windswept cabin with a small group of extras

Center of attention: Crew members were drawn to Winstead and his young companion as they relaxed between takes on Thursday

Center of attention: Crew members were drawn to Winstead and his young companion as they relaxed between takes on Thursday

Center of attention: Crew members were drawn to Winstead and his young companion as they relaxed between takes on Thursday

Lots to say: Spall chatted with a young crew member as he made his way in a pair of bearskin stockings

Lots to say: Spall chatted with a young crew member as he made his way in a pair of bearskin stockings

Barren: artificial snow covered the bare land, turning it into a snowy no man's land with little more than a makeshift shelter of wood and canvas

Barren: artificial snow covered the bare land, turning it into a snowy no man’s land with little more than a makeshift shelter of wood and canvas

Rich Flu, a high-concept dystopian thriller that appears to be heavily influenced by the recent coronavirus pandemic, will also star Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike and former Home Alone child star Macaulay Culkin.

While Culkin’s film roles have been infrequent in recent years, the actor has made a welcome return to television with appearances in American Horror Story: Double Feature and The Righteous Gemstones.

A short premise for the new movie reads, “At first it hits billionaires, then multi-millionaires, and so on. As the whole world panics and heads towards collapse, people are trying to flood the market with assets they no longer want, in hopes of saving their own skins.

The film has not yet given an official release date.

Shady: With temperatures still balmy across Spain, British star Spall donned a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses as he waited for work to resume

Shady: With temperatures still balmy across Spain, British star Spall donned a pair of heavily tinted sunglasses as he waited for work to resume

Thriller: Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, Rich Flu will depict the social and economic impact of a radical fictional disease that only infects the rich and successful

Thriller: Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, Rich Flu will depict the social and economic impact of a radical fictional disease that only infects the rich and successful

Co-stars: Winstead will star in the new film alongside Spall, Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike and former Home Alone child star Macaulay Culkin

Co-stars: Winstead will star in the new film alongside Spall, Daniel Brühl, Rosamund Pike and former Home Alone child star Macaulay Culkin

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