SCENES for a Hollywood blockbuster starring Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver have been shot this week in Lancashire.

Actors and production staff descended on Rivington Pike to film parts of A Monster Calls, starring Schindler's List and Taken actor Liam Neeson and Alien series star Sigourney Weaver.

While the Hollywood stars were not in town, dozens of the film’s staff were spotted near the Pigeon Tower, near the top of Rivington Pike, on Monday and Tuesday.

Councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “The scenic views of Rivington and Rivington Pike make an excellent backdrop for lots of different filming opportunities so we were delighted when we were approached by the location manager of a major blockbuster to do some filming in Chorley.

“The story sounds very dramatic and it is great news that Rivington will play a part in the film.

“We look forward to seeing the end result and we hope this opportunity will attract even more visitors to the area.”

It is believed the scene for the movie features a church on top of a hill.

Workers were seen putting some temporary structures up and constructing a blue screen just further down from the Pike.

It is thought the location was chosen due to its hilly landscape and the ‘fairytale’ like structures built on the hillside.

A Monster Calls tells the story of 13-year-old Conor, played by Lewis MacDougall, who is visited by a story-telling monster while struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal cancer.

The story has been taken from the best-selling 2011 children’s book, by Patrick Ness, based on an original idea by writer Siobhan Dowd, who started the story but died from breast cancer in 2007.

Security was tight during filming, which was taking place in a wooded area, while catering vans set up nearby to feed production staff, including many from Spain where the film’s director Juan Antonio Bayona is from.

In March, Focus Features bought the film rights to the book for $20 million.

It stars Sigourney Weaver, who has been filming scenes in Huddersfield, as Conor’s grandmother, and Liam Neeson, as the monster, whose scenes will all be shot in a studio in Barcelona.

A Monster Calls will be released in 2016.