- Wayne Baker Staff Writer
A movie being produced by and starring Robert Redford will film scenes in Hamilton this month, forcing some major road closures. .
In January, the Journal-News reported that Redford’s production team had been scouting Hamilton locations to film “The Old Man and the Gun” starring Redford, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover and Casey Affleck.
“Film Hamilton has been helping them look at different locations to shoot some scenes at,” Film Hamilton’s Steve Colwell previously told the Journal-News. “They like some of the locations here.”
Redford’s production has also been shooting in Cincinnati and last month held an open call for extras to appear in the movie.
Traffic in Hamilton will be affected for two days of shooting April 27 and April 28, according to the city. A portion of High Street from Second Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Ohio 127) will be closed from 5 a.m. April 27 until 9 p.m. April 28.
The intersection of High Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will have “brief, intermittent closures to prevent vehicles from appearing in the background of various scenes of the movie,” according to the city.
Detours during the closures will be posted. In addition, the movie production will pay Hamilton police officers to be stationed at various high-traffic intersections along High Street, Dayton Street, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to direct traffic.
The High/Main Bridge over the Great Miami River will remain open during filming, according to the city.
In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion, the city will temporarily suspend construction along River Road and will work with CSX and Norfolk Southern to ensure all railroad crossings are not closed due to construction.
“We’re excited to have another major motion picture filmed here in Hamilton,” Mayor Pat Moeller said. “Having the movie industry in Hamilton continues to benefit our local businesses, both small and large, while showcasing the city to tens of thousands of people across the country.”
In 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed into law a revised Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, which raised the annual incentive cap to $40 million, removed the $5 million per project cap, and changed the incentive rate to a flat 30 percent on all production dollars spent in Ohio.