Paul Sorvino, Amarok Productions Shoots In Chicago-area

Paul Sorvino, Amarok Productions Shoots In Chicago-area

Paul Sorvino will star in Amarok Productions’ murder mystery PRECIOUS METTLE shooting this summer outside Chicago, the company announced this week.

Sorvino plays a police commander that attempts to help a daughter he never knew escape heroin addiction and a past that endangers her while investigating his best friend's murder.

PRECIOUS METTLE joins a vibrant list of feature films and top-notch television shows shooting in the Chicago community this summer including Michael Bay’s Transformers 4, Neil Burger’s $40 million film Divergent, the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending, Chicago Fire, its spinoff Chicago PD, and Robert Redford’s Chicagoland, showing a significant resurgence of production in the Windy City. Amarok combines Hollywood experience with Midwestern roots to bring PRECIOUS METTLE, a Chicago-style story, to life. Fiona Dourif (True Blood, The Master) plays Sorvino’s daughter and Chris Browning (Cowboys & Aliens, Book of Eli) the menacing presence that threatens their relationship.

Along with Todd Bridges, Malea Mitchell and Joe Estevez, Chicago’s own local actors will be well represented on the big screen: Jodi Russell, Andy St. Clair, Yasen Peyankov, Dan Waller, Loren Lazerine, Fernando Albiar, Paul Tinsley, Diane Shaw and Dianne Bischoff.

PRECIOUS METTLE is helmed by Italian director Edmond Coisson, who also co-wrote the script. Coisson is the founder of the Naperville Film Festival (NIFF), now qualifying to be one of the 64 festivals recognized by the Academy Awards. After stepping away from directing for the past several years to create NFF, he is excited to get back into the directing chair and create a thrilling movie ride that keeps you guessing.

Producer DeAnna Cooper lends her extensive experience within the Hollywood studio system to PRECIOUS METTLE. Using her background at Fox Studios and New Line Cinema, she created the company Amarok Productions with her husband and business partner Kevin Cooper. This is Amarok’s third film out of Chicago. Amarok produced I Heart Shakey (Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D’Angelo), the first indie of its kind shot entirely in stereoscopic 3D, in Chicago. Distributed theatrically by Phase 4 it is still available through Redbox, Netflix and Amazon.com. The Coopers also recently filmed The Painter starring Ron Caldwell (Flight) in Chicago, which tackles the tough subject of how violence is robbing the innocence of our youth.

PRECIOUS METTLE Synopsis: Police Commander Frank Walsh, after losing his wife and daughter in a tragic car crash many years ago, is about to retire. Facing further emptiness in his life, Frank learns that a heroin addict, Judy, may be his daughter from a relationship 26 years ago. While coming to terms with this reality, his best friend Charlie, a retired cop, is murdered and his money and gold goes missing. Frank must now find the killer, search for the gold, help Judy overcome her demons and allow himself a second chance to be a father. PRECIOUS METTLE takes us on a dangerous discovery of murder, motives and money. Join the search at preciousmettlethemovie.com.