Directing brothers and Cleveland natives Joe and Anthony Russo are on a roll. Their latest creation, "Avengers: Endgame," recently passed "Avatar" to become the highest grossing film ever.
Their next project, "Cherry," will be shot in Northeast Ohio starting in October, and it will star someone the Russos are very familiar with from the Marvel universe: Tom Holland, aka Spider-Man.
The Russos' announced at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend that "Cherry" will be set in Cleveland and will be filmed in Northeast Ohio. The R-rated film, according to Variety, will be based on Nico Walker's novel about a young Army vet who returns home suffering from PTSD, develops an opioid addiction and starts robbing banks.
“It’s a story about drug addiction and the opioid crisis,” said Joe Russo, according to Deadline. “It’s touched us both, it’s a deeply personal movie for us. The gent who wrote the book went through the same growth arc in the same part of the city we grew up in — but different experiences.”
Holland has worked with the Russos on several Marvel films. His "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is currently in theaters, and he has six other films in the works.
The Russos spent six weeks in Northeast Ohio in 2013 shooting parts of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." They have said repeatedly that they hoped to bring more movie projects to Ohio. The directors also shot their earlier films "Pieces" and "Welcome to Collinwood" in Cleveland.
"Cherry" is slated to hit theaters in 2020.
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