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Spy: Hollywood stars Allison Williams and Ronny Chieng in Auckland for a horror movie

Crazy Rich Asians star and comedian Ronny Chieng and Girls star Allison Williams.

Girls star Allison Williams and Crazy Rich Asians star and stand-up comedian Ronny Chieng are in Auckland filming a high-tech horror flick.

Williams wowed horror and suspense fans with his performance alongside Daniel Kaluuya in the hit movie Get Out. The 33-year-old actress – the daughter of former NBC news anchor Brian Williams – has been keeping a low profile since arriving in New Zealand to film M3GAN – about a doll that takes on a life of its own.

More visible has been co-star Chieng, who was in Godzilla vs. Kong and is a regular on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Trevor Noah. He’s been testing new comedic material on the residents of the Q Theater for the past two weeks.

Chieng, 35, has sold out several comedy theater world tours to Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Canada and England.

The film is from Blumhouse and Atomic Monster. Blumhouse was behind Happy Death Day, The Invisible Man, The Purge and multiple Oscar-nominated Get Out.

Williams plays a roboticist who uses artificial intelligence to develop a doll called M3GAN.
Rounding out the cast, 10-year-old Violet McGraw has a long list of acting credits, including Black Widow and Doctor Sleep.

The young actor plays Williams’ orphaned niece and loved his time in Auckland, visiting the surrounding beaches including Oneroa on Waiheke. She told her social media followers that visiting Hobbiton was the best day of her life.

Filming for the production began last month and locations have included Warkworth, Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill.