New Tom Hardy Film Shooting in Bedford-Stuyvesant Park

By Paul DeBenedetto on March 26, 2013 4:29pm 

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — A new film starring "Dark Knight Rises" actor Tom Hardy as a Boston bartender is filming in a Bedford-Stuyvesant park this week.

"Animal Rescue," which also features "Prometheus" star Noomi Rapace and Sopranos star James Galdofini, is described on IMDB as a "crime-drama centered around a lost pit bull, a wannabe scam artist, and a killing."

Film trucks lined Lafayette Avenue between Marcy and Nostrand avenues on Tuesday, as film crews set up near the baseball field inside of Herbert Von King Park across the street.

The Michaël Roskam-directed film "follows a lonely Boston bartender who rescues a puppy from a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog’s abusive and mentally unstable former owner, while simultaneously getting caught in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar," according to Variety.

It was not immediately clear if the movie's setting would match the filming location.

The plot is based on a short story by novelist Dennis Lehane, who also adapted the screenplay. Lehane also wrote the books "Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone" and "Shutter Island," all of which were adapted into succesful films.

"Animal Rescue" is Lehane's first feature-length screenplay, though he has written three episodes of the HBO series "The Wire" and was an executive producer on "Shutter Island," according to IMDB.

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