A call has gone out for extras and notices have gone out to neighbors for three weeks of shooting for "Project Ice Cream" starting on February 9, and we all now know that this is the fourth installment of The Matrix franchise.
Keanu Reeves fans and fans of The Matrix movies — and fans of new co-star Neil Patrick Harris — are all giddy with anticipation as the cast and crew of the new film have been seen around the Bay Area and are set to do three whole weeks of location shooting in San Francisco in February. Details about the shoots are coming clearer via SF Film Commission notices to neighbors around the Financial District, and a new casting notice that has gone out seeking men and women over the age of 18 who have authorization to work in the U.S.
First up, the shooting notices to the neighborhood indicate that filming will begin on Sunday, February 9 and conclude on or around Sunday March 1, with most of the work being done between Wednesday and Sunday each week, and filming concentrated between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. A map of the filming area sent in to Hoodline shows a big swath of downtown will potentially be used, including Market Street between Grant Street and the Embarcadero, as well as Grant, Kearny, Montgomery, Sansome, Battery, Front, Davis, and Drumm streets. The northern edge of the shooting area is around Commercial and Clay Streets — and a section of Clay between Sansome and Front looks to be marked off for a shoot. These areas will be subject to street closures overnight, all of which will end by 5 a.m. And as Hoodline notes, a "major scene" is getting filmed on Sansome Street between February 27 and 28.
The neighborhood is being warned of simulated gunfire, pyrotechnics, helicopters flying under 500 feet, and unmanned aerial cameras (drones) in the area. Exciting!
The notices also indicated that rainy or inclement weather could delay shooting, and rescheduled dates will be sent out to the neighborhood as needed.
Do the Bay and others had the casting notice, which suggests both that the production is looking for a lot of extras of no particular look or type, and that extras with cars they're willing to bring to the shoot are welcome as well — they're asking people to list what make and model they drive. The gig pays $124.72 for each 8-hour shoot, but everyone has to be available for potential 12-hour days. They're asking everyone interested to create a profile at MyCastingFile to be considered.
We know that stars of the original three films Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are involved in the new film, and in addition to Neil Patrick Harris, Looking star Jonathan Groff is in it, as are Jada Pinkett Smith and Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. As SlashFilm reported earlier, Hugo Weaving will unfortunately not be reprising his role as Agent Smith.
Keanu was spotted a couple weeks ago having an ice cream cone in Alameda, reinforcing the fact that he enjoys eating alone on public benches. And there were reports of some shooting going on some Oakland streets in recent weeks as well.
It's been a while since a big movie did any significant location shooting here, so expect a WHOLE LOT of breathless coverage of this in the local media in the weeks to come.