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Busy film production season brings Hollywood stars to town – Winnipeg Free Press

Several movie stars and a handful of aspiring directors will be spending time in Winnipeg over the next few months, which is expected to see its busiest film production season ever.

First up, the adaptation of Stephen King's novella “The Long Walk” will be filmed later this month, directed by Francis Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”).

Matt Licari/Invision Files

Actor Cooper Hoffman stars in the location-shot adaptation of Stephen King's The Long Walk.

Written by King under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, the story tells of a dark, futuristic competition in which a large group of boys must endure a forced death march until only one remains.

The film has reportedly signed Cooper Hoffman (from the Paul Thomas Anderson film) Liquorice pizza) and British actor David Johnson (the HBO series Industry).

For locals, Hoffman’s casting may be particularly poignant: His father, Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed the film Capote He played here 20 years ago in 2004 and received an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the extravagant writer Truman Capote.

The long way should be completed in mid-September.


The Nick Cassavetes film Bruno Penguin and the Princess of Staten Islandwhich had a production office in Winnipeg for a few months this year, is apparently moving forward, even though production here appears to have been halted.

Apega/Abaca Press Files: Sir Anthony Hopkins may come to Winnipeg for filming.

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Sir Anthony Hopkins could come to Winnipeg to shoot a film.

One possible reason for this is that the film had to be put on hold for a while while filming could take place in Antarctica. (Reports suggest that this would be the first Hollywood production to shoot on location in this part of the world.)

A story in DeadlineProduction will begin in November; Shia LaBeouf is currently in talks for a role in the film.

If the film returns here, 86-year-old Oscar winner Sir Anthony Hopkins could be part of the cast, taking on the role of art agent Ben Windsor.

The screenplay was written by Daniel Barnz and Ned Zeman and is based on Zeman’s Vanity Fair Article about Swiss photographer Bruno Zehnder, who spent the last 20 years of his life in Antarctica photographing emperor penguins. (Zehnder's obsession was so great that he officially changed his name to Bruno Penguin.)


Another film scheduled to begin shooting this fall is It takes two, an action comedy written and directed by BenDavid Grabinski, co-creator (with Bryan Lee O'Malley) and showrunner of the animated Netflix series Scott Pilgrim takes off.

The film with the previous title Mike & Nick & Nick & Alice, is described as a buddy action comedy set in the criminal underworld.

Richard Shotwell/Invision Vince Vaughn (above) will star in “It Takes Two” with James Marsden.

Richard Shotwell/Invision

Vince Vaughn (above) will star alongside James Marsden in “It Takes Two.”

On his Instagram account, Grabinski confirmed a Deadline Report stating that Vince Vaughn (The Wedding Crashers, Swingers) and James Marsden (X-Men, Enchanted).

Production is scheduled to begin in September and run through November. Production will be shared with the horror thriller A24, produced by director Egor Abramenko. Altar, Filming is scheduled for mid-August to October.


Nobody 2the sequel to the domestically shot 2021 Netflix hit, has not announced any new cast other than returning stars Bob Odenkirk and Connie Nielsen as married couple Hutch and Becca Mansell.

Jordan Strauss / Invision Files: Bob Odenkirk is coming back to town to shoot Nobody 2.

Jordan Strauss / Invision Files

Bob Odenkirk returns to town to shoot Nobody 2.

But a new director has been announced to replace Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller. Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto is known for the breakneck film The night takes uscurrently on Netflix. His presence will likely increase the action stakes of the sequel even further, especially if rumors about the casting of the great Night falls/The attack Star Iko Uwais proves himself.

Production is scheduled for August-September, presumably to avoid the problem of colder winter temperatures that often made the first film uncomfortable for guest actors.

Together with the recently completed action comedy With lovewith Oscar winners Ke Huy Kwan (Everything everywhere at once) and Ariana DeBose (West Side Story), the production of Nobody 2 is a sign that action-oriented production company 87North is active in Manitoba.

In fact, this relationship could lead to a triple win, as rumors suggest a sequel to the 2022 action comedy will be produced. Violent night, Presumably this refers to the return of David Harbour as the friendly but unholy Santa Claus.

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