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First Look At Trailer For 'Marauders' Opening Here July 1


As director Steven C. Miller promised last October, Cincinnati will play a visible role in "Marauders," the bank robbery action film shot here last fall.

The two-minute "Marauders" trailer, released today, opens with an aerial shot over the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. Between lots of automatic weapons firing, you'll also see the Dixie Terminal Building, Carew Tower and a white Local 12 News van.

The film opens July 1 to a limited release and on demand, according to Lionsgate Premiere publicity. I'm told the film will open here July 1 at one of three locally owned theaters: The Esquire, Mariemont or Kenwood. No word yet from the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission of whether there will be a special Cincinnati premiere for "Marauders," as done for "Carol" and "Miles Ahead."

Lionsgate describes the plot this way: "When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients. But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case — and the deadly heists continue — it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play."

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Adrian Grenier and Jonathan Schaech at the film's Carew Tower press conference in October

The Internet Movie Database says that "an untraceable group of elite bank robbers is chased by a suicidal FBI Agent who uncovers a deeper purpose behind the robbery-homicides." Meloni, the Emmy-nominated “Law & Order:SVU” star whose film credits include “42” and “Man of Steel,” plays the suicidal FBI agent whom he describes as a man "with a dark, painful experience in his past, looking to do the right thing,”

The "Marauders" cast also includes Northern Kentucky native Alyshia Ochse, Jonathon Schaech, Lydia Hull, Tyler Jon Olson, Texas Battle, Danny A. Abeckaser and Tara Holt.

Originally set in Chicago and its suburbs, Miller tweaked the "Marauders" script to showcase Cincinnati’s rich architecture and distinctive buildings, including the Dixie Terminal on Fourth Street and Over-the-Rhine’s brewery tunnels, he said during a Cincinnati press conference in October.

“Once I got to Cincinnati, and saw how much I loved the city, and how much I loved the buildings and the architecture, it was clear to me that the movie had to take place all in downtown,” Miller said. Filming ended Oct. 16.

In the film, Schaech (“That Thing You Do,” “Ray Donovan,” “Sleepy Hollow,”) plays a Cincinnati Police homicide detective Brian Mims, who previously had worked with Meloni’s character. Mims’ wife Jill was played by Ochse (“True Detective”), who attended Notre Dame Academy in Covington and the University of Kentucky.

The film runs 107 minutes. It's rated R for strong violence, language, brief drug use and nudity.

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.