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'Dry Run' Filming Starts Monday In Hamilton

Update 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11:  Filming starts Monday for Dry Run on Hamilton's Park Avenue, theJournal-News reports.

Production is scheduled for 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 14. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Victor Garber, Bill Pullman and William Jackson Harper.

The scene, set in the 1990s, will show a car driving down the street on Hamilton's West Side, the Journal-News says.  

Ruffalo stars as Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott, who sued DuPont in 1999 on behalf of a West Virginia farmer.  Earlier this week, producers issued a casting call for cars from 1988 through 1999.

Dry Run director Todd Haynes also filmed a restaurant scene in downtown Hamilton with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara when making Carol in Greater Cincinnati in 2014. After that, Hollywood returned to Hamilton to film scenes for Robert Redford's The Old Man & The Gun, JohnTravolta's Gotti and Zac Efron's Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil and Vile.

Original post 12:08 p.m. Jan. 10: Oscar-winners Anne Hathaway and Tim Robbins will join Avengers star Mark Ruffalo in Dry Run, a film about how Cincinnati attorney Robert Bilott exposed DuPont's chemical pollution in West Virginia.

Deadline reports that director Todd Haynes – who filmed Carol here in 2014 – will start production next week.

Ruffalo, the Oscar-nominated actor from Spotlight and The Kids Are All Right, will portray Bilott. The screenplay was developed from Nathaniel Rich's New York Times Magazine article, "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont's Worst Nightmare"published on Jan. 6, 2016.

In addition to Hathaway (Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, Ocean's Eight, The Dark Knight Rises) and Robbins (Mystic River, The Shawshank Redemption, Bull Durham), the cast includes Bill Camp (Vice, Damages), Mare Winningham (American Horror Story, Mildred Pierce, Hatfields & McCoys), Victor Garber (Argo, Alias, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow) Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Spaceballs) and William Jackson Harper (The Good Place, The Breaks).

Dry Run producers are looking for cars for the film. They need cars from 1988 through 1999, "nothing flashy/no bright colors," according to D. Lynn Meyers casting."We will be looking for cars throughout the shoot for Dry Run," said the Facebook post. Anyone interested was asked to send a direct message to D. Lynn Meyers Casting on Facebook "with pictures of car and of yourself."

In late December, Meyers posted on Facebook that she needed "lots of extras … for all types and ages of people" for Dry Run.

Ruffalo also is a producer on the legal drama with Participant Media and Killer Films. Participant worked with Ruffalo on Spotlight, the Academy Award-winning film about the Boston Globe investigation of children molested by priests. Participant on Sunday won Golden Globes for Green Book and Roma.

Bilott, a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, sued DuPont on behalf of a West Virginia farmer in 1999. The ensuing court battle revealed DuPont's long history of chemical pollution. He was also interviewed for The Devil We Know documentarywhich premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

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.