Summer of stars

Big names in Canada to make movies

Russell Crowe, seen here on the Toronto set of Cinderella Man in 2004, could be back in the city to shoot American Gangster.
Russell Crowe, seen here on the Toronto set of "Cinderella Man" in 2004, could be back in the city to shoot "American Gangster."
Photograph by : John Kennedy / Splash

John Kennedy,

Published: Wednesday, June 21, 2006

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Summer is here and the stars will be shining brightly in Canada.

The likes of Sienna Miller, Renee Zellweger and Jessica Alba are working in Hollywood North this season – and rumors are swirling that Russell Crowe and Angelina Jolie will be, too.

Miller, who seems to be back with ex-fiance Jude Law, will be in Ontario from June 28 to Aug. 4 filming Camille with James Franco. It’s the story of honeymooners and the adventures they encounter on their way to Niagara Falls.

Zellweger returns to Canada (she shot Chicago and Cinderella Man in Toronto) to make the thriller Case 39. Shooting in Vancouver, the movie is about a social worker who finds herself in danger when she fights to save a girl from abusive parents.

Alba and the cast of Fantastic Four return to Vancouver in August to make the sequel, entitled Fantastic Four: The Next Chapter.

Don Cheadle (Crash, Hotel Rwanda) is in Toronto until the end of July making Talk to Me, the story of ex-con Ralph Greene, who became a popular radio show host and activist in the 1960s.

Also in Toronto is Robert Downey Jr., who plays a principal in Charlie Bartlett, the story of a rich kid (Anton Yelchin) who counsels students at his new high school. Hope Davis stars as the title character’s mother.

Billy Bob Thornton is scouting locations in Alberta, hoping to start work on Peace Like A River in the fall. Set in North Dakota in the early 1960s, it’s the story of a father searching for his fugitive son before the cops find him.

Thornton’s ex, Angelina Jolie, is reportedly in talks to star opposite Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington in American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott. Cameras could roll later this summer in Toronto.

It’s the tale of a drug lord who smuggles heroin into New York during the 1970s by hiding the drug inside the coffins of soldiers returning from Vietnam.

As summer winds down, the all-star cast of the Hairspray remake will arrive in Toronto – including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Billy Crystal and Amanda Bynes. It’s scheduled to shoot Sept. 5 to Dec. 8.

© 2006




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