CINCINNATI -- WCPO 9 On Your Side is going Hollywood.
The news station has agreed to let its satellite truck and another vehicle be used in "The Public," a movie Emilio Estevez is currently shooting in Cincinnati.
“In recent years Cincinnati has been a destination for Hollywood,” said Jeff Brogan, vice president and general manager of WCPO 9 On Your Side. “One of the reasons our region keeps landing these movies is because the area has been so welcoming to filmmakers. We’re happy to be a part of that and promote Cincinnati.”
"The Public" centers around a standoff with police and library officials at the Downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County after patrons, many homeless and mentally ill, turn the library into an impromptu shelter for one night during a brutal cold snap.
Film Cincinnati first announced details of the film in December. Estevez, who wrote the screenplay, is directing and starring in the movie, which also will feature Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union and Che "Rhymefest" Smith.
Last week Smith revealed in an Instagram post that actors Jeffrey Wright, Christian Slater and Michael Kenneth Williams were starring in "The Public," too.
After filming started last week, Smith shared photos with Williams, Wright and Estevez from inside of the library.
Straight from the set, the Cincinnati Public Library where our film takes place is one of the Largest Libraries in the Country. I'm learning so much about the roles these institutions play in our communities, they're basically free universities that you can utilize to become a specialist in almost anything. The Library's history in America is complex & Continues to evolve. Check out some pics from the set. #thepublic #biggeorge
Cincinnati Museum Center staff also shared a photo with Estevez at the library. The caption suggests the museum's polar bear, which is temporarily calling the library home during the renovation of Union Terminal, might make a cameo in the movie.
— CincyMuseum (@CincyMuseum) January 25, 2017
Outside of work, Smith also has posted pictures of himself smoking a cigar outside of the Beer Sellar in Newport, touring Music Hall and standing inside the bandstand at Washington Park.
Other people have spotted the movie's crew as well.
Arnold's Bar & Grill shared a picture of bar manager Mario Valentino with Wright after the actor visited the establishment at 210 E. 8th St.
HighStreet Design Studio employees spied the crew filming Sunday near the store on Reading Road.
Alec Baldwin is shooting his new movie in the neighborhood behind HighStreet. pic.twitter.com/kq7i6IX3mk
— HighStreetCincinnati (@HighStreetCinci) January 29, 2017