Crowds have gathered to watch filming begin in Glasgow after the director of the latest Indiana Jones instalment was pictured in the city.

Parts of the city centre have been transformed into the United States for what is thought to be the fifth movie in the franchise starring Harrison Ford.

Flags with the stars and stripes adorn some streets, along with signs saying “Welcome to New York, Astronauts” and other references to Apollo 11 – suggesting part of the film could be set in 1969.

Filming in GlasgowFilming is under way in Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A number of shop fronts have also been created, with traffic lights changed to the traditional yellow colour used in America.

Many people visited both sides of a cordon on Cochrane Street, by Glasgow City Chambers near George Square, as filming began on Wednesday.

An FDNY (Fire Department of the city of New York) truck was among the vehicles on set as work got under way for the crew and some of the film’s extras.

Filming in GlasgowCrew have set up on Cochrane Street (Andrew Milligan/PA)

It is not yet known when or if the movie’s main actors will come to Scotland, with filming thought to include several hundred extras.

James Mangold – director of Logan, The Greatest Showman and the currently untitled fifth Indiana Jones film – was pictured in Glasgow on Tuesday alongside other crew members.

Also on Tuesday, rehearsals were seen taking place in a car park in Govan, near Ibrox Stadium, with a parade of vehicles – again featuring Apollo 11 references.

Filming in GlasgowIndiana Jones director James Mangold visiting Glasgow on Tuesday (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Vintage American cars could be seen alongside floats, with a moon-like object on one and a beauty pageant on another.

While some set features started appearing a week ago, filming could take place for another few weeks with a range of road closures listed on Glasgow City Council’s website.

Cochrane Street will continue to be closed on various days until July 31, with the “prohibition of pedestrian movements during ‘action'” in some cases.

Filming in GlasgowRehearsals being held on Tuesday in a Govan car park for a parade scene (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Vehicles will not be able to wait, load or unload – or even move – on other dates along St Vincent Street, Hope Street, West Nile Street and Wellington Street, among others.

Filming will move along to the Trongate, Montrose Street, Bothwell Street and Blythswood Street as the month goes on.

Vehicles will not be allowed to move along the M8 Kingston Bridge off-ramp to Bothwell Street from 8pm to 10pm between July 26 and 28.

Filming in GlasgowA yellow taxi and old police car among the vehicles spotted during Wednesday’s filming (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A list of street closures and timings can be found on the Glasgow City Council website:

Other productions to have filmed in Glasgow in recent years include Fast And Furious: Hobbs And Shaw, The Batman, Tetris and 1917.