Townsend to film in Baltimore

April 25, 1992|By Sandra Crockett

Director-actor-writer Robert Townsend's next movie will be filmed partly in Baltimore, said Carol Fox-King, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Economic and Employment Development.

The movie, called "Meteor Man," is described as an inner-city fairy tale about a school teacher (portrayed by Mr. Townsend) who is struck by a meteor. A production office is scheduled to be set up in Baltimore in the next several weeks, and filming will be done in the Reservoir Hill section of Northwest Baltimore, Ms. Fox-King said.

Robert Guilliaume and Marla Gibbs will play Mr. Townsend's parents. Other actors appearing in the movie are Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones and Nancy Wilson, said a Los Angeles-based publicist working with Mr. Townsend.

Mr. Townsend also wrote the screenplay and will direct the movie.

He was also the writer, producer, director and star of "Hollywood Shuffle," a 1987 film that was a comical look at black actors who are forced into accepting stereotypical roles to practice their craft.

His most recent movie was "The Five Heartbeats," a musical comedy about the ups and downs of a singing group. Mr. Townsend starred, directed and co-wrote (along with Keenen Ivory Wayans) the 1991 movie.

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