FILM ALERT: Morgan Freeman, Luke Hemsworth shooting movie in Bessemer & Birmingham

23rd Street Birmingham closed for filming of “The Shift” (Callie Morrison / Bham Now)

According to WVTM-13, the action movie “Gunner” has started filming in Bessemer.

Starring Morgan Freeman and Luke Hemsworth, the local news outlet confirmed the production will be shot at The Venues at Watermark Place and Sloss Furnaces.

Coming to The Magic City

Back in February, Bham Now broke the news locally about the film coming to The Magic City and surrounding towns. 

The film is directed by Dimitri Logothetis (Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxer: Retaliation). The screenplay is  The Fast and Furious Gray Scott Thompson.

The Film

Below is an excerpt from the entertainment insider website Collider about the movie and the roles Hemsworth and Freeman will play:

“Gunner is an action thriller about a Special Ops veteran Lee Gunner (Hemsworth), who goes against a drug cartel after his two sons are kidnapped on a fishing trip. Gunner’s sons stumble upon a massive drug cartel operation which leads to them being kidnapped by the son of the gang’s kingpin Kendrick Ryker (Freeman). 

Despite being in prison, Ryker runs his organization successfully until he is faced with Gunner, who wreaks havoc on the gang in a bid to save his sons. Hemsworth’s character in the action thriller is described as an ex Special Ops operative with elite combat skills.”

Gunner Producer Joel Shapiro is a big fan of Bessemer as a place to shoot movies.

“Bessemer’s been super film-friendly,” Shapiro told WVTM-13.

Casting Info

Interested in appearing in the movie? The Goleman Casting Agency did publish a March 24 Facebook post calling extras: Here are the details/link.

Watch this space for additional details about the filming of Gunner in Birmingham and Jefferson County.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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