Stephen Rea has joinedNatalie Portman and James Purefoy in the cast of sci-fi epic V For Vendetta, which has started shooting in Berlin for WarnerBros Pictures.

The film is produced byLarry and Andy Wachowski and Joel Silver, the team behind the Matrix trilogy, and is the directorial debut of JamesMcTeigue, assistant director on the Matrix films. The Wachowskis wrote the screenplay based on the graphic novelby Alan Moore set in a futuristic totalitarian Britain where a mild-manneredwoman who unwittingly joins forces with a freedom fighter.

V For Vendetta is a co-production between Warner Bros and FunfteBabelsberg Film in Germany and is supported by the local subsidy fundMedienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Filming takes place inLondon and Berlin and the picture is scheduled to open in North America on Nov4.