Nicolas Cage filming movie in Cleveland

Nicolas Cage is filming his new movie "Dog Eat Dog," in Cleveland.

Nicolas Cage is filming his new movie "Dog Eat Dog," in Cleveland.

Tuesday, WKYC Channel 3's Hilary Golston spotted cage heading out of the Diamond Men's Club on the west bank of the Flats, where he was filming scenes from his new movie.

The movie is considered a crime thriller based on a book by Eddie Bunker. Producer, Mark Burman says two of Bunker's other books were made into motion pictures.

"One of the lead characters is out of prison, and his buddies are taking him to a strip club to celebrate," Burman said. "Everything else you can leave to your imagination... that's why you can't come inside," Burman jokingly added.

Burman credits the Cleveland Film Commission with persuading film makers to shoot the movie entirely in Cleveland, although the book is based in Los Angeles. Originally, only a few scenes were going to be shot in Cleveland, but all that changed after the people behind the project were wooed by the commission.

"I'm telling you Cleveland is the next Louisiana," Burman said. "It is the next base of film… people are wonderful here...It's a great city."

Several professional dancers from Cleveland and other local talent have been cast in the movie.

The film is directed by well known and critically acclaimed, Paul Schrader. Willem Dafoe is also in the movie.

Filming is expected to last until the end of November.

Sources say mostly the east side of Cleveland will serve as the base of filming. However, The Vault, The 9, and The Rocksino may also be film sites.

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