'UFO' mystery film project shooting in Cincinnati features 'X-Files' star

Posted at 12:39 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 12:30:19-05

CINCINNATI -- Mystery surrounds the latest film project shooting in the Queen City.

A movie simply referred to as "UFO" began shooting in Cincinnati in November, according to social media posts by some of its cast, including "X-Files" star Gillian Anderson.


night shootin with these two astoundingly talented women @gilliana @ella_purnell

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Alex Sharp, who posted the Instagram photo on Nov. 18, is an English actor who won multiple Tony Awards in 2014 for his portrayal of Christopher Boone in the Broadway production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time." Actress Ella Purnell, who also appears in the photograph, most recently played Emma Bloom in the Tim Burton-directed "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children."


spending the day whipping a Dodge Charger round the highways of Ohio

A video posted by Alex Sharp (@alexanderiansharp1) on

The Internet Movie Database lists "UFO" as currently in production and states Sharp is playing a character named Derek Echevaro. The page also lists the project's director as Ryan Elsinger and fellow cast members Benjamin Beatty, David Strathairn, and Carly Tamborski but little else about the film. 


Sharp and Purnell both posted social media photos of multiple Cincinnati locations, including the ice rink on Fountain Square, O'Malley's in the Alley, Carew Tower; the city of Norwood; the Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout; and the University of Cincinnati.


Diagon Alley

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A video posted by Alex Sharp (@alexanderiansharp1) on


oldest telescope in the Western Hemisphere

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O-hi-o 'muuurrrrica

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@ella_purnell ....

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Sharp also shared in another Instagram post that he briefly lived in Mount Airy after moving from England to the United States a few years ago.