We do D.C. well," says Jack Gerbes, director of the Maryland Film Office, and that's why Baltimore will host Nicole Kidman when she heads the cast of the Warner Bros. sci-fi thriller Invasion this fall. The star, who won an Oscar for portraying a suicidal writer in The Hours (2002), plays a Washington psychiatrist who uncovers the unearthly secret to a behavior-altering epidemic - and must fight to protect her son, who she thinks may be the crucial person standing between Earth and an extraterrestrial invasion.
Invasion's director, Oliver Hirschbiegel, began scouting locations here in early spring for a shoot to run from late September through December. Whether Baltimore will also double for New York City or even play itself for a scene or two is still up in the air with all the aliens. But Hannah Byron, director of Baltimore's film office, confirmed yesterday that the production is in the early stages of setting up offices in the city for roughly a three-month stay.
Hirschbiegel's previous film, Downfall (2004), the true story of Hitler's final days, grossed more than $87 million worldwide and was released on DVD on Tuesday. His new movie is still listed on the Internet Movie Database as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (2006), although The Hollywood Reporter has reported that "the project is neither a reimagining nor a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers" but a "fresh" take from writer David Kajganich, who has two other thriller or horror movies in development.