HYDE PARK — A new movie starring Hilary Swank is expected to wrap more than two weeks of shooting in Hyde Park with hardly any sightings of Swank or her co-stars.
“What They Had” starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Robert Forster has been filming in a condominium at 5650 S. Dorchester Avenue all of April and is expected to wrap on Tuesday.
A line of white trailers for makeup and costumes has been lined up on the Midway Plaisance all month, with a security guard pacing back and forth to discourage any overly curious University of Chicago Laboratory School students.
Large lights have been positioned outside of 5650 S. Dorchester Avenue in the front and the alley to illuminate a set that is presumably inside the condominium.
Security and crew members said the production is expected to finish shooting in Hyde Park on Tuesday.
Early on there were reports Swank and Shannon were seen in Chicago, but if Swank stopped in Medici or Shannon popped into Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap, Hyde Parkers have shown discretion. There has hardly been a whisper about any of the stars of the film and no pictures on social media of grinning Hyde Parkers next to actors or actresses.
“What They Had” follows Swank’s character as she returns home to care for her mother, who has developed Alzheimer’s and wandered into a blizzard.
The film is the writing and directorial debut of Elizabeth Chomko.
“What They Had” is expected to be in theaters next year.