George Clooney and Hilary Swank, two of Hollywood’s biggest box office draws, are expected to film movies in the newly starstruck Detroit area in the next two months.
The producers of “Betty Anne Waters,” starring actress Swank of “Million Dollar Baby” fame, have been granted permission by Livingston County Commissioners to film March 4 outside the historic county courthouse in Howell.
For movie starring Swank, the Livingston commissioners unanimously approved a resolution Monday for Ann Arbor-based Innocence Productions, Inc., to use the west side of the county courthouse grounds for filming from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on that date. The movie is expected to be filmed at multiple locations in Michigan over several weeks.
“It’s definitely a positive event for the community and something to be upbeat about during these difficult times,” said Maggie Jones, chairperson of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners, who added that the production company also donated $1,000 to a community foundation.
The film, based on a true story, is about a single working mother who puts herself through law school in order to represent her brother, who was wrongly convicted of murder and has used up his attempts to appeal his conviction.