'Ben 10' action movie filming in Olde Town Conyers

CONYERS - Cartoon Network is filming a live-action movie on the streets of Olde Town Conyers this week.

Jennifer Edwards, public relations director for the city of Conyers, said streets will be closed throughout the day today for shooting various scenes for the upcoming "Ben 10: Alien Force Invasion" movie to be aired on Cartoon Network. She said most of the filming will be on Main Street in front of Jack's Auto Repair, which has been transformed into Bellwood Motors for the scenes.

Cartoon Network launched the series "Ben 10" in 2005 about 10-year-old Ben Tennyson who spends the summer after his fourth-grade year traveling with his

Grandpa Max and his cousin, Gwen. During the trip, he discovers a device known as the Omnitrix and with it, he learns that he can transform into 10 different alien heroes, each with their own powers.

"Ben 10: Alien Force Invasion" is the second live-action film based on the cartoon series. Early in 2007 a regular animated feature called the "Secret of the Omnitrix," was released and then the live-action film titled "Ben 10: Race Against Time" aired in November of 2007.

In the current movie, Ben is part of secret, super-hero organization known as "The Plumbers," whose mission is to protect the unknowing world from alien forces that are attempting to take over the world. Conyers will be used to portray The Plumbers' Midwestern hometown of Bellwood.

The Internet Movie Database, imdb.com, reports that "Ben 10: Alien Force" is written by John Turman and directed by Alex Winter. Ryan Kelley, whose credits include starring in an episode of "Ghost Whisperer" and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," plays Ben Tennyson. Gwen Tennyson is played by Galadriel Stineman, whose credits include characters in the film "Junkyard Dog" and the music video "The Alyson Stoner Project."

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.