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'Captain America' alumni to film 'Point Blank' remake in Cincinnati

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 15:32:46-04

CINCINNATI – Two actors with ties to Marvel Studios' "Captain America" film franchise are coming to the Queen City.

Frank Grillo and Anthony Mackie will begin filming "Point Blank" Monday in Cincinnati, according to Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati. Crews will be in Cincinnati for six weeks.

“We are over the moon to host such an extraordinary project,” Schlotman said.

Grillo and Mackie first appeared together in the 2014 Marvel movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Grillo played villain Crossbones and Mackie the winged hero Falcon.

Mackie lasted portrayed Falcon in this year's "Avengers: Infinity War."

Gaumont and WarParty are producing "Point Blank" as a Netflix original film.

The film is a remake of Fred Cavaye's 2010 French film "À bout portant." The remake will tell the story of Paul, an emergency room nurse and Abe, a criminal, who are forced to work together to save Paul's pregnant wife after she is kidnaped.

"Point Blank" will take place in the Queen City, according to Johanna Byer, the film's producer and vice president of US Films for Gaumont.

The movie is a bit of a homecoming for Byer. She grew up in Cincinnati and said she fell in love with movie making after watching crews film scenes for the movie "Traffic" inside her parents' home in 2002.

Byer was a student Cincinnati Country Day at the time.

"My dad had a strict deadline that filming had to be done by 5 p.m.," Byer said. "I remember rushing home from school to watch."

She also met Schlotman, who coordinated "Traffic's" local film production for Cincinnati's nonprofit film commission.

Byer received a Bachelors of Science in business administration and cinematic arts from the University of Southern California in 2009.

"It's truly a dream to be here," she said. "I never thought I'd get to come home, and just being home for the summer is so amazing."

Byer said she hopes to feature local businesses such as Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream in "Point Blank." She also wants to incorporate ArtWork Cincinnati's James Brown mural located at 1435 Main St. in Over-the-Rhine.

The movie is looking for nearly 500 local extras to be in the film. D. Lynn Meyer is the film's local casting director. She said people interested in being an extra should email a resume and headshot to pointblankextras@gmail.com

"Point Blank" will be the first time Mackie has worked in Cincinnati. Grillo though is no stranger to the Queen City.

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The actor previously appeared in Cincinnati-filmed "Reprisal" and "Donnybrook." "Reprisal" will be released to theaters and direct-to-digital on Aug. 31.

"Donnybrook" is listed in post-production on the Internet Movie Data Base.

New York-native Joe Lynch will direct "Point Blank." Grillo is also a producer for the film. 

Besides her local ties, Byer said the Ohio Film Office Tax Credit helped Gaumont decided to film "Point Blank" in Cincinnati.

Schlotman also briefly discussed the return of Backlot party, a celebration of Cincinnati's growing film industry. Last year's Backlot marked the Film Cincinnati's 30th anniversary. 

This year's event will take place Sept. 8. Tickets for the event range from $60-$160 and are currently on sale at filmcincinnati.com.