Parts of downtown Seattle have been turned into a movie set.
Director Steven Soderbergh is shooting a thriller about a tech worker called “KIMI.”
He’s the director behind such movies as “Erin Brockovich,” “Oceans 11” and “Contagion.”
According to the Downtown Seattle Association, over the next few days you’ll see production crews near Westlake Center.
It’s expected that as many as 1,500 actors and extras will be in the area.
“It’s a fantastic downtown. I completely understand why they’d want to use it as a film backdrop,” said Peter Korn of Seattle.
On Monday, yellow signs with set directions could be seen outside the Motif Hotel and an abundance of “no parking” signs stretched from Fourth to Fifth Avenue.
The movie stars actress Zoë Kravitz.
According to Variety, Kravitz plays an “agoraphobic tech worker who must adventure out of her home and into protest-filled Seattle streets when she suspects she has evidence of a violent crime.”
Dan Conroy, who lives in the Seaboard Building, has been getting a bird’s-eye view of the action, as well as a warning from the Downtown Seattle Association about staged protests for the movie.
“If it gets loud or boisterous down there, it’s not an actual situation to be concerned about,” said Conroy.
Eventually, the movie will be streamed on HBO.
“I think the Seattle city government is trying to attract film crews into Seattle,” said Conroy.
Conroy is right. About a month ago, King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled a $1.5 million sound stage on Harbor Island.
“Having movies and episodic productions film here can pay dividends to our region for decades to come,” said Constantine.
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