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Bruce Willis Shooting Fourth Movie In Cincinnati

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Charles Sykes
Invision, AP
Bruce Willis will star in 'Open Source' being filmed this month in Cincinnati.

Bruce Willis will return to Cincinnati for the fourth time in four-and-a-half years to star in Open Source, directed by Matt Eskandari.

Willis first came here in the fall of 2015 to star in Maruaders. He returned to film Reprisal (2017) and 10 Seconds Gone (2018).  He recently completed shooting Survive The Night for director Eskandari in Columbus, Ga.

Film Cincinnati announced that shooting started Monday on Open Source, the sixth film produced in Greater Cincinnati by the Emmet Furla production company.

"We love shooting in Cincinnati. The city is so welcoming and the film office is one of the best in the country," said producer Randall Emmett in the Film Cincinnati announcement Thursday.

Jesse Metcalf from The CW's Dallas remake, the Hallmark Channel's 2019 Christmas Under The Stars movie and Desperate Housewives also will star in the movie, according to the Film Cincinnati announcement.

Actress Lala Kent, who appeared in 10 Minutes Gone, is a cast member. So is professional wrestler Natalie Eva Marie, who made her movie debut in Emmett's Inconceivable here with Nicholas Cage in 2016.

Open Source was written by Chris LaMont and Joe Russo, according to the Internet Movie Database.

Willis' breakthrough role was on ABC's Moonlighting romantic comedy (1985-89) with Cybill Shepherd, for which he won best actor awards at both the Emmys and Golden Globes. Most of his career since then has been in making action/thriller films such as Die Hard, Pulp Fiction, Death Wish, Hostage and The Sixth Sense.

Film Cincinnati announced the film from the Sundance Film Festival, which ends Sunday in Park City, Utah.

"Obviously there is a lot of excitement when stars are filming around Cincinnati, but the real excitement is seeing how many jobs these production companies create for locals and how much money they spend while in town. That’s what we care about," said Kristen Schlotman, Film Cincinnati executive director, in the release.

From Film Cincinnati: "The motion picture industry had an economic impact of nearly $80 million in the Greater Cincinnati area in 2017 and 2018, the latest years figures are available, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center."

The Film Commission did not mention the location for the film, the plot for the movie, or if any extras will be needed.

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.