Depp to film in Belen

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Within the next three months, the streets of the Hub City will be the backdrop for the action-packed science fiction movie "Transcendence."

Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman will star in the thriller delving into the concepts of identity and morality in a period of artificial intelligence.

New Mexico Film Office spokesperson Angela Heisel would not release details but confirmed the movie would be filming in Belen.

A New Mexico Film Office news release stated filming will span from late April through the end of July "in and around Albuquerque." According to the release, the production is expected to hire more than 2,650 New Mexicans as crew members or actors.

Other actors in the film include Rebecca Hall, who played Claire Keesey in "The Town," Paul Bettany, who played T. Ray Owens in "The Secret Life of Bees" and Kate Mara, who plays Zoe Barnes in the Netflix television series "House of Cards."

The film will be directed by cinematographer Wally Pfister of "The Dark Knight Rises." Producers are Andrew A. Kosove and Broderick Johnson from "The Blind Side," David Valdes from the "The Green Mile," Marisa Polvino of "The Education of Charlie Banks," Annie Marter from "Oh For Three," and Kate Cohen of "Someone Marry Barry."

Directors, actresses and extras will turn Belen into their own playground this weekend while filming "Enemy Way," starring Forest Whitaker. They will film in the Hub City over the weekend, according to a tweet on the city of Belen's Twitter account Wednesday.

"Enemy Way" is about an ex-convict who butts heads with local law enforcement trying to send him back to prison.


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