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Terrence Howard Filming Amazon's 'Electric Dreams' At U. of C., UIC

By Sam Cholke | May 15, 2017 2:36pm
"Electric Dreams" was at the Eckhardt Research Center at the University of Chicago and near the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago this week to film episodes with Terrence Howard cast as a crime-fighting game designer.
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HYDE PARK — Filming for the new Amazon series, “Electric Dreams,” which is adapting sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s short stories, moved to Hyde Park on Monday with Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin cast to appear in episodes filming this week.

Crews set up to film on the fourth floor of the Eckhardt Research Center, 5640 S. Elllis Ave., on Monday for the first of three days of filming.

Works by Dick, who was born in Chicago, have been made into movies before, including "Blade Runner," "Total Recall" and "Minority Report."

"Electric Dreams" is being produced by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston for Britain’s Channel 4. Each of the 10 episodes is a stand-alone story.

The set was closed off from the public Monday and few on campus seemed to be aware that well-known actors could be shooting in the lab this week.

Casting calls sent out Sunday say the show is shooting the episode “Real Life” this week in Chicago and were looking for people to play executives in a board room scene with one of the main actors.

Terrence Howard of “Empire” and Anna Paquin of “True Blood” are cast to appear in the episode directed by “Friday Night Lights” director Jeffrey Reiner, according to Variety.

Paquin will play a police officer who shares a mental link with a game designer played by Howard as they pursue violent killers, according to Variety.

The series has been in Chicago since mid-April and is also expected to be filming an episode titled “Kill All Others” this week. It is also filming concurrently near the University of Illinois at Chicago at 823 S. Miller St., according to filming permits and casting calls.

The series will air on Channel 4 and Amazon later this year.