A stretch of Richmond Street in London, Ontario is set to get the Hollywood treatment next week as excitement mounts for an upcoming shoot for the Apple TV series.
James Edwards, owner of AAHC Barbershop and Salon, says he and nearby business owners have been told an Apple TV production will be filmed on Richmond Street from August 24-26, with the majority of filming taking place in the evening.
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“They’re going to stage it like a scene from the 70s,” Edwards said.
“We’re thrilled because it will give us extra exposure, extra promotion, so we’re still happy about that.”
Ryan Warren is a partner at Szemenyei MacKenzie Group LLP, a law firm a short walk from Edwards’ barber shop.
Warren was also told that the Richmond Street block between Dundas and King Streets would be closed for an Apple TV shoot, but he wasn’t told much else.
“We wouldn’t have access to the parking lot, it would be used for the production crew, but that’s about it…we didn’t really hear a lot of details,” Warren said.
As for whether he would make an appearance in the next series, Warren joked with Global News that he would be open to the idea if the right offer came his way.
“They haven’t approached me yet, but I’m happy they’re talking to my people and we’ll see what we can do.”
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According to a report by CTV News Londonshooting next week is for the upcoming series Unlikely Valentinewhich is based on Victor LaValle’s 2017 fantasy/horror novel The changing.
In a press release last year from Apple TV, Melina Matsoukas was named the series’ director. Matsoukas is a two-time Grammy Award winner for her music video work. She also earned an Emmy Award nomination for her role as executive producer and director on the series. Insecure.
Unlikely Valentine will feature LaKeith Stanfield, who earned his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2021 Judas and the Black Messiah. Fans may also recognize Stanfield from his roles in Uncut Gems, Selma, Straight outta Compton, Knives out and the series Atlanta.
Andrew Dodd is the director of Film London, an office recently opened by the city which aims to bring film and television productions to Forest City.
Dodd was unable to confirm details regarding upcoming filming, but says the city is “tracking several different productions of varying sizes.”
“Nothing’s certain until it’s certain, so I don’t like to comment on anything until we know for sure it’s there and it’s happening,” Dodd said.
Dodd says productions of all sizes also bring many economic benefits to the city, adding that “the larger the production, the more they are worth considering all the demands they have when they come to a municipality. . ”
“In Hamilton, Cambridge and certainly in Toronto, if they have to close a street and also ask all the business owners, they can be very generously compensated for the fact that they have to close or there could be disruptions in their business,” Dodd added.
Dodd is unable to specify which productions are being tracked by Film London due to non-disclosure and other agreements, but says he is still looking forward to when the London-shot projects will air , which will give him and his team the chance to flex their bragging rights.
“Incredible race is a perfect example. They were here in May, they were able to operate under the radar, which they love, but when the episode airs, which it did this week… that’s when they say come on -y, open the barn doors and we can get excited about it,” Dodd said.
“Keep your eyes peeled and look forward to more projects on the horizon.”
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