HUDSON — The Friendly City prepared to grace the silver screen once again on Thursday when a production company set up shop on the 300 block of State Street to film scenes for an independent romantic comedy.
The film, “Can You Keep a Secret?” is directed by Elise Duran and stars Alexandra Daddario (“San Andreas,” “Baywatch”) and Tyler Hoechlin, who starred in “Road to Perdition” and who plays Superman on the CW Network show “Supergirl.”
Duran has directed several TV miniseries, including the 6-part documentary “Finding Sarah” (2011).
The film is based on the 2003 Sophia Kinsella novel of the same name. Kinsella is best known for writing “The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic,” which was adapted in to a the movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic” in 2009.
The British author has sold more than 40 million copies of her books in 60 countries, according to Kinsella’s website.
“Can You Keep a Secret?” concerns Emma and Jack, who meet on an airline flight. Convinced the plane is about to crash, Emma divulges her secrets to a stranger — at least, she thought he was a stranger. She later meets and recognizes Jack, her company’s young CEO, who knows every humiliating detail about her.
Film crews are expected to be in town for a day, Police Chief L. Edward Moore said. Most of the film is being shot in Kingston.
Shooting is expected to continue until Thanksgiving, according to a statement from BCDF Pictures, the company producing the film.
A release date for the film and the locations of where the film will be shown have not been announced.
Several people associated with the production crew said they could not speak to the press about the project because they are restricted by the production company from sharing details about the film.
Around noon, lower State Street was bustling as film crews carried equipment in and out of a two-story brick home at 341 State St., which was transformed on the inside to resemble a boutique hotel.
Daddario, who is also listed in the film credits as an executive producer, was seen walking out of 330 State St. around noon.
Hudson police warned residents Wednesday with no-parking signs and postings on social media that parking would not be allowed between 331 and 341 State St. on Thursday.
The production team had to apply for a special parking permit for the film crew, Moore said.
This is not the first time Columbia County appeared on the big screen, county Tourism Department Administrator Ann Cooper said.
Notable films shot in the city are the 2019 zombie comedy “The Dead Don’t Die,” partly filmed at the West Taghkanic Diner in Ancram in August; 2009’s “Taking Woodstock,” directed by Ang Lee; the 1987 Depression drama “Ironweed,” which starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, featured the Columbia County Courthouse at 401 Union St.; and 1959’s “Odds Against Tomorrow,” which featured a memorable bank robbery and starred Harry Belafonte, who once resided in Chatham.
“We have a lot of people that live here, mostly second homeowners, that are in the entertainment business and their familiarity with the area helps,” Cooper said.
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