Emilio Estevez-helmed movie to begin filming in Cincinnati in January

Emilio Estevez attends the premiere of "The Way", in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – A new Emilio Estevez film starring Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jena Malone and Che “Rhymefest” Smith will begin filming in Cincinnati in January.

Film Cincinnati executive director Kristen Schlotman said Baldwin, Schilling, Malone, Estevez and Smith will co-star in “the public,” based on a screenplay written by Estevez, which he will also direct.

The indie is currently in pre-production in Cincinnati and principal photography will commence in mid-January.

“Over the past few years, Emilio Estevez has been a tireless ambassador for Film Cincinnati. With our unique architecture, hospitality, home-grown talent and state tax credits, our region has become a frequent resource for the film industry, and Emilio has helped us tell this story,” Schlotman said in a news release Friday.

“the public” centers around a standoff with police and library officials when library patrons, many of whom are homeless and mentally ill, stage a sit-in, turning the Cincinnati Public Library into an impromptu homeless shelter for one night during a brutal, life-threatening cold snap.

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