New film 'Carol' to bring Oscar Award winner Cate Blanchett to Tri-State

CINCINNATI -- One of the big winners from Sunday's 86th Academy Awards went from the red carpet to the stage, and soon headed to the Tri-State.

Blanchett won Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in "Blue Jasmine." She played a woman who had lost everything, thanks to her reckless husband.

Beginning mid-March, Cate Blanchett will film "Carol" - set to take place in downtown Cincinnati.

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“Carol” is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, whose other works, “Strangers on a Train” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” were also made into major motion pictures.

"Not only is Cate Blanchett attached to "Carol," but from the cast to the crew, it's an Oscar-caliber group of people," Kristin Erwin, Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission said. "It's a love story or drama set in 1952 New York."

Cincinnati's history made it an ideal fit for such a film.

"We had to show them that we have architecture than can support 1952," Erwin said. "And they were blown away by not only our exteriors, but also our interiors."

Filming is expected to run through the end of April.

"She's coming off this wonderful award season and all this critical success and fame, and to have her here in Cincinnati is gonna put a tremendous spotlight on Cincinnati and we're so excited to have her here," Erwin said.

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