Toronto plays New York in Man From Toronto

Production on the Hollywood film, which stars Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, moved to Toronto from the U.S. due to COVID-19

A new movie called Man From Toronto starring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson started shooting in Toronto on Tuesday.

But just because the movie has Toronto in the title and is being shot up here, doesn’t mean it takes place here – like, at all.

Toronto is once again standing in for New York, among other cities, a rep from Sony confirmed to NOW. In fact, the movie’s production only moved to Toronto from the U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an Instagram post from director Patrick Hughes.

Hollywood studios have been eyeballing Canadian studio space for months. They’ve been considering moving their productions particularly from Georgia because we’re supposedly handling the pandemic better. Man From Toronto’s move to Toronto and Mississauga’s new Century Studios is possibly among the first in a wave.

The action comedy stars Kevin Hart as Teddy, a New York City screw-up who is mistaken for a deadly assassin known as “The Man From Toronto.” Woody Harrelson plays the titular assassin, taking over for Jason Statham, who was previously attached to the project.

The Man From Toronto also stars Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, Melanie Liburd from Dark Matter and This Is Us and The Rookie actor Jasmine Mathews. No Canadian actors have been confirmed yet.

Both Cuoco and Hart posted videos of themselves on Instagram working out while quarantining in Canada. Cuoco arrived in Toronto immediately after wrapping on the new HBO Max series The Flight Attendant.

Director Patrick Hughes’ previous work includes The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and its upcoming sequel The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard.

He’s posted multiple images on Instagram from the first day on set.

Man From Toronto director Patrick Hughes
Director Patrick Hughes on set with his 1969 Dodge Charger RT. Photo: @patrick_hughes_ / Instagram

However, the big star on set was neither Hart nor Harrelson, but a customized 1969 Dodge Charger RT that is supposed to belong to Harrelson’s character, the Man From Toronto. In real life, the car belongs to Hughes. It was roaring through an industrial area during filming.

Hughes has been posting multiple images from pre-production including whiteboard plans for elaborate car chase scenes, scouting Canadian nature and filming intense practice sessions with stunt men like Micah Kolten

I don’t know what to make of the pic suggesting that Alf (yes the puppet from the sitcom) is part of the cast. There’s still no word on whether Drake or The Weeknd will appear in the movie. We may have to wait for Mans From Toronto for that.

Man From Toronto is scheduled to shoot in the city until the end of the year. The movie is scheduled to open in theatres in September 2021.


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