Hollywood is coming to Newport.
The film The Old Man and the Gun, starring Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, and Danny Glover, will shoot in the Greater Cincinnati area, it was announced earlier this month. On Wednesday, it was announced that one scene will be shot in Newport.
On Wednesday, April 26, the film will shoot at the Heritage Bank on Monmouth Street. The street will be closed for twelve hours, re-routing bus and vehicular traffic, said the City of Newport's Bev Holiday. "It's going to involve a lot of cooperation," she said at Wednesday morning's meeting of the Newport Business Association. That means local businesses are at the ready. Builders Surplus, she said, will open its parking lot to the production crew's storage needs, and Pepper Pod restaurant will host its craft services.
Costume Gallery, located on Monmouth Street, is working on the film.
According to Deadline Hollywood
, the film, directed by David Lowery, is about a true story that originated in a 2003 New Yorker
essay about a career bank robber, who died in 2004 at the age of 83. Redford plays lifetime criminal Forrest Tucker.
The interior of the Heritage Bank will be used, and the exterior of another may also be featured. It was said Wednesday that Redford would be on site for the Newport shoot, but it was not known who else may be part of the day's shoot.
The Old Man and the Gun is the latest Hollywood production to find scenery in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Eric Summe, president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau (meetNKY), who was the morning meeting's guest speaker and who touted the region's tourism growth, cited state tax credits as the main draw for Hollywood. "They are getting many more inquiries from film producers about productions here," Summe said. Local tourism boards, he said, often help with location scouting.
Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher
Photo: Heritage Bank on Monmouth Street in Newport (RCN)