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‘Hey Stranger,’ we’re making a sci-fi thriller in Hamilton

Simu Liu has completed filming a science-fiction thriller in Hamilton, months proper after his accomplishment because the star of the Marvel superhero field workplace atmosphere strike “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

The “Kim’s Comfort” actor is simply 1 of the celebs featured in “Hey Stranger” which has shot all above the metropolis and includes Ancaster filmmaker James Van der Woerd.

Woerd informed The Spectator it is likely one of the largest productions he and his colleague, Tim Doiron, have made. Doiron is the co-founder of Toronto/Los Angeles-dependent Wango Movies.

Different individuals within the photograph include Sam Worthington (“Avatar” (2009), “Conflict of the Titans” (2010), “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016)) and Jordana Brewster (“The Speedy and Livid” franchise).

“There’s a superb quantity of distinctive outcomes and visible penalties,” defined Van der Woerd. “It’s a single of our best duties. It’s form of like a studio-amount cast. There’s unquestionably some “Blade Runner” tones to it. It’s absolutely science-fiction, however we try to proceed to maintain it grounded. It’s form of what may very well be our future.”

Filming wrapped up final 7 days quickly after starting in Hamilton on the conclude of January. The manufacturing additionally shot in Cambridge.

The movement image centres on Faye, who replaces her not way back deceased partner, Evan, with an android simulant (SIM). Faye is lukewarm to her new SIM, however SIM Evan is efficient at in search of to win her round. At the very same time, he makes an attempt to keep away from a authorities agent chasing down SIMs who appear to have attained consciousness and pose a menace to humankind.

“Hey Stranger” shot on the FirstOntario Reside efficiency Corridor (Hamilton Place), Sheraton Lodge, Artwork Gallery of Hamilton, James Avenue Bookseller and Skylight Steelworks, the movie studio at Stelco on Wilcox Avenue. Van der Woerd defined filming within the live performance hall noticed its 2nd floor dressed up as a laboratory.

The output additionally shot at a residence in Glanbrook on Chippewa Freeway East, near Tyneside Freeway a Chippewa Freeway East dwelling, close to Ferris Avenue an car restore retailer on Barton Highway East, round John Avenue North and a residence off Sydenham Freeway in Flamborough.

Van der Woerd says the movement image will happen out in 2023. It was directed by April Mullen and the script is by Ryan Christopher Churchill.

It’s the 2nd film Van der Woerd and Doiron have manufactured in Hamilton. In November and December of previous 12 months, they constructed the comedy “Loosen up, I’m from the Future’’ with Gabrielle Graham and New Zealand comic Rhys Darby. It filmed at a majority of these locales because the downtown library, The Cotton Manufacturing unit and the Ancaster Radial Line Path.

Van der Woerd mentioned it’s a superb wager potential assignments shall be filmed right here. Doiron bought a home in Hamilton previous drop.

“Hamilton is heading to be 1 of our initially choices to have a look at for filming,” reported the graduate of Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary College. “We prefer it right here and the metropolis is superb to us. It’s kind of flip right into a pure place for us to movie.”

Two Xmas flicks filmed right here in extra of the earlier thirty day interval.

“Chasing Christmas” shot at just a few locations in February. It filmed at The Textile Establishing on George Avenue at a home on Victoria Avenue in Dundas and at a enterprise at Key Avenue South and Griffin Highway in Waterdown.

“The Xmas Change” shot at a property on Daring Avenue, near James Avenue South, through the 1st 7 days of March. This previous 7 days, it shot scenes at Liuna Station.

Different movies that had been capturing in Hamilton:

  • “Love Subscription” shot at The Cotton Manufacturing unit and on the Hamilton Farmers Present market. It additionally filmed in a King Avenue East creating within the downtown.
  • “Secrets and techniques on the Inn” shot the week of Feb. 14 on the Scottish Ceremony. It seems to be a thriller.

  • “The Conclusion of Intercourse,” a passionate comedy starring Emily Hampshire from “Schitt’s Creek,” filmed on the Knollwood golf applications (outdated and new) on Shaver Freeway and E e book Highway West in Ancaster.
Daniel Nolan is a contract creator who writes about film for The Hamilton Spectator. He could be achieved at [email protected]

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