A Richland Center bank has been selected for the filming of a robbery scene in the gangster flick "Public Enemies," according to a newspaper report.
M&I Bank in Richland Center, which was built in the 1920s and features chandeliers and marble floors, is one of four banks to be robbed on camera, the Richland Observer reported. The other three have yet to be determined.
Scouts visited the Wells Fargo and Baraboo National banks in Baraboo a month ago, but seem to be broadening their search, visiting communities across Wisconsin, Illinois and parts of Indiana. Universal Pictures location scout Adam Boor told the Observer the studio has verbally committed to shooting in Richland Center, but no contract has been signed. The only other Wisconsin site Mann has chosen is the Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters, the scene of the John Dillinger gang's 1934 shootout with federal agents.
"That means that we're still in the running," said Gene Dalhoff, executive director of the Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce. "That's better than the alternative."
The film is set to star Johnny Depp as Dillinger and Christian Bale as the FBI agent who hunted him down. Filming reportedly will begin in Chicago. The Observer reports filming in Richland Center is scheduled for one day in early March.
While scouts choose locations for filming, others on Mann's team will conduct a casting call for Depression-era vehicles to appear in the movie. Filmmakers want people with antique cars, trucks and buses from 1930 to 1935 to bring them, or pictures of them, to Milwaukee's Miller Park on Sunday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. About 45 people turned out for a recent vehicle call in Madison, although nearly all just brought pictures of their vehicles because of road conditions.
Kinda freaked when I heard about this. 'Cause I kinda live there, and it's pretty tiny.