Bridge to Terabithia

, the film adaptation of Katherine Paterson's best-selling novel, has started filming on location in Auckland.

The film stars Josh Hutcherson as Jess Aarons, an 11-year-old boy whose efforts to be the fastest runner in his grade are thwarted by a new girl who outruns all the boys. Anna Sophia Robb stars as Leslie Burke, the new girl who becomes friends with Jess despite their awkward introduction. Filming will continue for 10 weeks.