CINCINNATI — The Queen City is bracing for a bank heist, and another major motion picture.
The Greater Cincinnati Film Commission announced Thursday that "Marauders," starring Bruce Willis, will begin filming in the city soon.
“We are thrilled to land another movie to be filmed in Greater Cincinnati,” said Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati Film Commission. “As more details about the production become available, we will release them.”
The film about an FBI agent in pursuit of bank robbers who hand over their loot to a charity will also star Christopher Meloni and Dave Bautista. Movie-goers might recognize Bautista from his role as the hulking Drax from "Guardians of the Galaxy." He will also play the role of Mr. Hinx in the upcoming James Bond film, "Spectre."
Meloni starred in the television series, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" for years.
Willis will play the bank owner. Steven C. Miller is set to direct. Willis and Miller previously worked together on the film, "Extraction."
Miller has been in town this week and shared possible locations for the movie shoot via social media. In one Facebook post Miller snapped a shot of a vault inside the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel.
Miller also shared a short video while scouting locations on Instagram.
"Marauder" continues a string of movies with big Hollywood names attached to them to be filmed in the Tri-State that started back in early 2014. It was then the Cincinnati Film Commission announced that "Carol," a 1950s period piece starring Cate Blanchett would be filming in Cincinnati.
That announcement was followed by the Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead"starring, and directed by, Don Cheadle a few months later.
2014 ended with the filming of"The Blunderer" starring Jessica Biel in November.
Downtown even got a glimpse oftennis star Serena Williams as she shot a Beats by Dre commercial in August before going on to win the women's single title at the Western & Southern Open in Mason.
"Carol" will likely be the first of the films shot in Cincinnati to be released to movie theaters. It received positive buzz at the Cannes International Film Festival where it was screened for critics and a juried contest.
A few trailers have been released over the past couple of months. The movie also appears to be an Oscar contender.
People can expect a premiere date for "Carol" to be announced soon.