MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Open casting calls were held Thursday, May 9 in downtown Mobile for a new movie set to film in Mobile, and it stars some big-named actors. FOX10 News was there as hopefuls lined a city block for auditions.
"Tokarev", starring Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover, is set to begin production in June and locals are ready for a chance at fame.
"It will bring a lot of attention to the city because most of the movie will be filmed in the downtown area," said Eva Golson with the Mobile Film Office.
Golson is excited by the opportunity to showcase the city and its people.
"We have the most wonderful locations in the state of Alabama and especially in this area," Golson said.
The location of Mobile played a large role when it came finding a place to film. Producer Richard Salvatore said the money spent here will go right back into the local economy.
Along with all the money spend, jobs will be created. How many?
"We expect to hire, including the featured extras, stuntmen, and speaking roles, we expect to hire almost 200 local people from Mobile in and around the area," said Salvatore.
But one of the biggest reasons filmmakers are coming to the city: the incentives. Alabama Film Incentives include a 25 percent rebate on production expenses when it comes to films with a minimum budget of $500,000.
Because of this competitive incentive between 2011 and 2012, 48 movie and television productions were produced in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Officials said the total revenue from these productions is $36,977,046.
Aside from the generated revenue, the overall presence of the Port City has been a location producers have used to make films for years now. Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Under Siege" with Steven Seagal and Tommy Lee Jones, to name a few, and now "Tokarev."
"The backdrop of the city really met the means of our movie. We really like the suburbs, but we also need a city. We also need construction. We wanted something different," said Salvatore.
Unit Production Manager Mary Russell said the shooting will begin in June and last through mid-July. The movie will be released sometime in 2014.
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