By: John M Jerva

New info is being dropped today for a new action-thriller titled Ida Red which stars Frank Grillo (once again the hardest working man in the industry), Josh Hartnett and Melissa Leo. The biggest news about the film is that it was shot during the quarantine with safety protocols in place. The three headline the movie which also features Sofia Hublitz (Ozark), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy), Beau Knapp (The Nice Guys), Slaine (The Town) and Nicholas Cirillo (Outer Banks).

Frank Grillo (Getty Images) & Josh Hartnett (DAVE J HOGAN/GETTY IMAGES)
Melissa Leo

According to Deadline who brought the news, the film is nearing completion of principle photography in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it is said that the filmmakers were “closely following Oklahoma and SAG-AFTRA health and safety COVID-19 protocols.”

Per Deadline: “Written and directed by John Swab (Body Brokers), the film follows career criminal Ida ‘Red’ Walker (Leo) who is battling a terminal illness while serving a 25-year prison sentence in Oklahoma. Under Ida’s tutelage, her son, Wyatt Walker (Hartnett) has sustained the family business, alongside his uncle, Dallas Walker (Grillo). When a job goes awry, local detective and Wyatt’s brother-in-law, Bodie Collier (Slaine), is joined by FBI agent Lawrence Twilley (William Forsythe), to track down the responsible party.”

In terms of filming during the pandemic, producer Jeremy Rosen of Roxwell Films stated “Undeterred by the pandemic, this is our third consecutive summer shoot here in Tulsa. We could not make these films the way that we want to make them anywhere else. The local production value, support, and incentives make all of the difference.”

The team of Swab and Rosen have also filmed two other films together including the thriller Body Brokers which stars Grillo and Leo as well along with Michael Kenneth Williams, Jack Kilmer, Jessica Rothe, Peter Greene and Alice Englert. That film was also filmed in Tulsa as well as L.A. last year. The first film, Run with the Hunted hit is already out via Vertical Entertainment. It stars Michael Pitt, Ron Perlman and Dree Hemingway.

Grillo is one of my favorites and it’s great to see him getting the work he deserves. I still would like to see him headline a major action flick as he is one of the most versatile actors working today and he elevates any film that he’s in. The rest of the cast is solid as well so this looks good from the get go. Stay tuned and keep it locked and loaded right here for more to come.

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