Movie Update: “Carol” cast heading to Cincinnati next week

CAROL-612x572Actress Sarah Paulson said on the red carpet last night she’s coming to Cincinnati next week to start shooting “Carol” with Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett.

Blanchett, who won her second Oscar last night for “Blue Jasmine,” introduced herself to Paulson last night before the Academy Awards, Paulson said.

There are more Oscar connections for “Carol,” a lesbian drama set in 1952-53 New York City which will film here seven weeks.  Paulson was in the Oscar-winning best picture “12 Years a Slave” (and best known for “American Horror Story: Coven”). Actor Kyle Chandler was in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (and best known for “Friday Night Lights”); “Carol” production designer Judy Becker was nominated for her work on “American Hustle”; and actress Rooney Mara was an Oscar nominee in 2012 for “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Exactly when filming begins remains a secret. Kristen Erwin Schlotman, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission, declined to say on Monday when cameras start rolling here. It will be “within the next two weeks,” she said today.

Blanchett stars as a married woman pursued by a younger department store clerk (Mara) in the movie adapted from “The Price of Salt,” a 1952 novel by Patricia Highsmith.  The film will be shot entirely here, Schlotman said when she announced the movie in December.

Director Todd Haynes (“Mildred Pierce”) will be assisted by producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, who worked here on “A Rage In Harlem” in 1990. Casting directors last month interviewed people for some of the estimated 700 extras needed for the film.


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