It was a big deal when the legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood not only took on "the book," but that he brought it all to the city it depicted, Savannah. And while the critical response was less than overwhelming, it was all still pretty exciting. Now Eastwood is coming back to the Hostess City of the South.
Clint Eastwood’s next film, Juror #2, is set to film in Savannah and Los Angeles. At age 92, he has found his leads which include Nicholas Hoult, Toni Collette, and Zoey Deutch. The film will follow Hoult’s character, Justin Kemp, who is a juror in a murder trial who discovers he could have caused the victim’s death. Hoult’s character struggles with deciding whether to save himself by manipulating the jury or turning himself in. Collette is set to play the prosecutor.
While the movie was supposed to start shooting in June, that date me be fluid because of the WGA writers’ strike, so it’s unclear if the filming timeline will shift.
Eastwood has been trying to cast the flick since last year, and at one point, Charlize Theron was in the running for the lead role. One thing that isn’t an issue is Eastwood’s age. The director, who will turn 93 before filming begins, has insisted that he never thinks about his age when he’s working.
“I never think about it,” Eastwood answers. “If I’m not the same guy, I don’t want to know anything about it. I might not like the new guy. I might think, ‘What am I doing with this idiot?'” But the director tells the Los Angeles Times that his reason for continuing to work is simple. “I just like it,” Eastwood says. “I have nothing against other directors. But I might have a whole different take on things, and I don’t want to be thinking, ‘Why did I give it to him?'”
You might recall that actor Kevin Spacey, during his time filming in Savannah, donated $200,000 for the refurbishment and reopening of The Lucas Theater,
We’ll continue to update as more news on filming and a release date are announced.