ST. CHARLES, Ill. - Director David Fincher, whose films have received 40 nominations at the Academy Awards, including three for him as Best Director, is bringing the filming of his next production to suburban St. Charles' historic Hotel Baker along the Fox River.
The movie is slated to be Netflix’s upcoming noir thriller The Killer, starring Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton as the two big names so far announced. Reportedly in development for over a decade, production finally kicked off in early November 2021.
Filming in St. Charles is expected to take place over a period of 10 days in March.
Fincher is best known for films such as Fight Club, Gone Girl, The Social Network, The Game, Zodiac, Se7en, Mank, and many more. With The Killer, Fincher reunites with Se7en writer Andrew Kevin Walker. Andrew Kevin Walker also wrote the Oscar-winning The Wolfman and the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow that starred Johnny Depp.
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In The Killer, Michael Fassbender plays a cold-blooded hitman who suddenly develops a conscience. Fassbender has been seen in films such as X-Men: First Class and Prometheus, and he was an Academy Award nominee for his performances in 12 Years a Slave and Steve Jobs. Tilda Swinton won an Academy Award for her performance in Michael Clayton, can be seen as 'The Ancient One' in Marvel films such as Avengers: Endgame and Doctor Strange, and as part of Wes Anderson's cast of characters.
There's no word yet if either of the two stars or Fincher will be filming scenes in St. Charles but the production team that will be there is reportedly substantial.
The historic Hotel Baker, where filming for the estimated 15 minutes of screen time in the film will take place, was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Schelkopf, Eric. “Update: Award Winning Director David Fincher to Film Movie in Downtown St. Charles.” Shaw Local. Shaw Local, January 20, 2022. https://www.shawlocal.com/kane-county-chronicle/news/local/2022/01/20/update-award-winning-director-david-fincher-to-film-movie-in-downtown-st-charles/. ↩︎