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Is Cincinnati becoming the movie capital of Midwest?

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Filming is underway all over downtown Cincinnati for a Bruce Willis action flick called “Marauders.

On Thursday, the cast and crew took a break from shooting scenes at a building on Vine Street to open up about Cincinnati, and the movie.

"It's a heist, bank robbery, do good, action, feel-good, good ride,” said Randall Emmett, a producer on the film.

Movie brass could have chosen any location to shoot the movie, but they chose Cincinnati. 

So, why Cincinnati? 

According to the film crew, one reason is for the way it looks.

"Once I got to Cincinnati and saw how much I loved the city and how much I loved the buildings and the architecture, it was clear to me that the movie had to take place all in downtown,” said director Steven C. Miller.

Cast members have popped up all over town taking the sights.  Actor Christopher Meloni dined with restauranteur Jeff Ruby.  Adrian Grenier, another actor in the film, took in a Reds game at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday. 

[To see where the cast and crew have been, click here.]

"This is actually a very, very good time, not only on set, but also off.  We had some fun last night,” Grenier said.

"I love Cincinnati.  It seems very clean, very hip - has a sense of energy,” Meloni told FOX19 NOW.

Marauders isn't alone in selecting Cincinnati as home.

In the last year or so, several films have used the Tri-State area as a backdrop including “Carol” with Cate Blanchett, “The Blunderer” with Jessica Biel, “Goat” with James Franco and “Miles Ahead” with Don Cheadle.

A holiday movie starring Mariah Carey called “A Christmas Melody” will start filming soon and will air on the Hallmark Channel.

"The incentives of the state obviously are a big draw, and that really kind of opens the door for the conversation,” Emmett told FOX19 NOW.

Those incentives are big, and more than the fancy architecture that the city has to offer.  The state of Ohio offers a tax credit for films up to $5 million per production, and movies filming longer than 30 days will get a rebate on their 10.5% room tax, according to the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission’s website.

"A majority of the Hollywood productions have left Hollywood largely in part there's no incentives.  So when a state like Ohio gets on board and says, 'Look, there's a real business here.'  This can really benefit the community.  It's exciting,” Emmett said.

On Thursday it was revealed at the press conference that “Marauders” star Bruce Willis has finished filming the scenes for his role. 

As for where the movie could possibly premier, producer Randall Emmett said, “I would definitely say we’re always open to having a premier wherever we film if the city will have us.  We’ve done that many times, and I think that we’d probably love to do it here, as well.”

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