Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell movie to begin shooting in Cincinnati on Monday

Posted at 10:53 AM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 16:16:33-04

CINCINNATI -- A major motion picture starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman will begin production in Cincinnati next week, according to the newly rebranded Film Cincinnati.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” will begin primary filming in Cincinnati on Monday, said Kristen Ewin Schlotman, executive director of the organization, at a news conference Thursday.

She also said Killer Films, who produced "Carol" and "A Kind of Murder" here in 2014, will start shooting another major motion picture in the Queen City in September. In total, 10 major motion pictures will have been produced here in 2016, she added.

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"We continue to grow and attract a great pool of local talent to make movies," Schlotman said.

As part of that growth, she also announced the rebranding of the organization, formerly named the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

“The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, is billed as a psychological thriller with a supernatural element inspired by the works of ancient Greece tragedian Euripides. Farrell will play a surgeon with a near-perfect life that begins to unravel after meeting a teenage boy with sinister intent. Kidman will play the surgeon’s wife in the film.

D. Lynn Meyers Casting posted a call for extras with experience in the medical field on the casting company’s Facebook page on Aug. 12. Meyers is the producing artistic director at the Ensemble Theatre.

Lanthimos and Farrell previously worked together in 2015 film “The Lobster,” which tells the story of a man in a dystopic future given 45 days to find love or face being transformed into a lobster.

There are so many film shoots taking place that director Steven C. Miller relocated filming of his new Bruce Willis movie to Columbus, calling the Queen City "too busy."

Actor John Travolta is among the celebrities being spotted all over the Tri-State. He began shooting "The Life and Death of John Gotti," a new biopic about the famed New York mob boss, at the end of July. His wife, Kelly Preston, portrays Gotti's wife in the film.

"Girl from Compton," a biopic chronicling the life of R&B singer Michel’le, began filming here in June.

Hollywood actor and producer James Franco, who previously filmed a movie in Butler County, also returned to the region in July to begin shooting two more movies. Franco shot both "Goat" and "The Long Home" here in the spring of 2015.