MONROE – The city’s communication and tourism officer confirmed Monday that HBO and Cinemax are busy filming a new show in downtown Monroe.
“They are filming an HBO/Cinemax miniseries called ‘Banshee,’” Pete Hovanec said. “They filmed in Monroe last month and are shooting a main festival scene this week. They plan on filming in Monroe periodically through September.”
But while the scenes may be shot in downtown Monroe, the show is actually based in Banshee, Pa., the heart of Amish country.
The show is about Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, where he continues his criminal activities even as he’s haunted by the gangsters he betrayed years earlier. Hood is played Antony Starr.
The show is scheduled for 10 one-hour shows, which will debut sometime in 2013.
“We are happy to have them and are working very closely with them to make sure everyone is safe,” Hovanec said about the crew. “Events like this are good for Monroe and our region. They bring some economic benefits to our businesses and help to bring some publicity to the area. These crews have been very good to work with and we look forward to growing the relationship for future projects.”
According to a studio news release, “Banshee” is being produced by Alan Ball, executive producer of “True Blood” and “Six Feet Under;” as well as Greg Yaitanes, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper and David Shickler.
The new series also stars Ivana Milicevic as Carrie Hopewell, a notorious jewel thief who now lives in Banshee under an assumed identity with her new family, who know nothing of her past; Ulrich Thomsen as Proctor, an intimidating, wealthy local businessman who believes he is above the law; Frankie Faison as Sugar Bates, a wise, powerful former boxer and ex-con who now owns the local watering hole; Rus Blackwell as Gulf War-hero Gordon Hopewell, Banshee’s district attorney, who is married to Carrie; Ryann Shane as Deva Hopewell, Carrie and Gordon’s rebellious daughter; and Ben Cross as Mr. Rabbit, a ruthless Ukrainian gangster who has been hunting Lucas and Carrie, his former top thieves, for 15 years.