In December, it was announced that the Louisville Gardens was to be transformed into a Hollywood-style sound stage intended to attract film, television and digital productions to the city and state. Construction of the 117-year-old venue will take about four years to complete, but in the meantime, there is a lot of reportable entertainment news associated with Louisville.
Here’s what you should know:
Actor Ethan Hawke films Wildcat in Kentucky
The latest sensation in Hollywood is a feature film by actor Ethan Hawke filmed in the Louisville area.
According to Angela Boehm Casting, the working title for the film is “Wildcat”. The film is based on the life of writer Flannery O’Connor. The director’s daughter, Maya Hawke (“Stranger Things”), and her mother, Uma Thurman (“Pulp Fiction,” “Kill Bill”) have been seen all over Louisville since Ethan Hawke began location scouting.
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We’re not sure if Maya Hawke or Uma Thurman are cast in the movie, they might just be visiting Ethan Hawke. What is certain is that the movie cast extras for paid work and background. If you’re interested, you’ll find current information at Angela Boehm Casting on Facebook.
Ordinary Angels, starring Hilary Swank, tells the story of Louisville
“Ordinary Angels” is based on the amazing true story of Sharon Stephens, a Louisville hairdresser who single-handedly rallied an entire community to help a widowed father save the life of his sick little daughter during one of Louisville’s worst snowstorms.
Filmed in Winnipeg, Canada in 2022, “Ordinary Angels” stars Academy Award winner Hilary Swank alongside “Reacher” star Alan Ritchson, Nancy Travis, Drew Powell, Amy Acker, and more. The film is directed by John Gunn (“The Unbreakable Boy”) and produced by Dave Matthews, lead singer of the Dave Matthews Band, among others.
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Ordinary Angels is currently in post-production with a release date set for 2023. And while we wait for release, read Courier Journal reporter Matt Glowicki’s story about the real-life events the film is based on.
“A Place Called Home,” starring Sean Ramey, was shot in Kentucky
Award-winning Louisville actor Sean Ramey stars in “A Place Called Home,” a feature film filmed in Russellville and Auburn, Kentucky.
The film tells the story of Levi (Ben Gavin), a father who is left to care for his two daughters after his wife dies in childbirth. When times get tough, Levi asks a ruthless shark for help. (Never a great idea.) Things heat up when Levi has to fight to save his family and their home.
According to Rami, “A Place Called Home” won several awards in the film festival circuit. Ramy won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role at the WorldFest House Film Festival.
Kel Thornton, the film’s director and writer, is also a native of Kentucky. He has shot some movies in his hometown of Auburn, Kentucky.
You can watch “A Place Called Home” on Amazon, Apple TV, and iTunes.
Contact journalist Kirby Adams at email@example.com.
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