A home on Lakepointe Street at Maumee Avenue in Grosse Pointe City will serve as the backdrop to scenes from “No Sudden Move,” a crime drama set in Detroit in 1955. Lakepointe was closed to pedestrians and motorists between Maumee and Jefferson avenues Oct. 16 while film production took place.

A home on Lakepointe Street at Maumee Avenue in Grosse Pointe City will serve as the backdrop to scenes from “No Sudden Move,” a crime drama set in Detroit in 1955. Lakepointe was closed to pedestrians and motorists between Maumee and Jefferson avenues Oct. 16 while film production took place.

Photo by K. Michelle Moran


Grosse Pointe City to be featured in upcoming Steven Soderbergh film

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 20, 2020

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Hollywood came to Grosse Pointe City last week.

Pedestrians and cyclists looked on with curiosity Oct. 16 as “No Sudden Move” — a forthcoming film from director Steven Soderbergh — filmed at a home at the corner of Lakeland Street and Maumee Avenue.

Grosse Pointe City public safety officers were on hand to keep pedestrians and motorists from traveling Lakeland between Maumee and Jefferson Avenue during the shoot. It was the second of two days of filming in the City, the first location outside Detroit being used for the crime drama, whose cast includes Don Cheadle, David Harbour, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Amy Seimetz and Kieran Culkin.

Among the onlookers were aspiring actresses Audrey MacGillis, 13, of Grosse Pointe Park, and her sister, Amelia MacGillis, 11, along with their friend, Vivi Cilano, 12, of Grosse Pointe Park, who has done some acting, as well.

“It’s really cool,” Audrey MacGillis said of having a film shoot in the area. “It’s really exciting.”

She and her sister were watching to see if they could get a glimpse of Harbour, because the siblings are fans of Harbour’s popular TV show, “Stranger Things,” but they hadn’t seen him.

“Most of the big actors are in their trailers,” Cilano said.

Trailers for the actors were stationed at Neff Park, while the parking lot at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church served as the commissary.

“I’m just really excited to watch it,” Cilano said of the movie. She was also impressed with the vintage vehicles parked on Lakepointe, saying that the older cars “look super cool.”

Set in Detroit in 1955, “No Sudden Move” is about a band of minor league criminals hired to steal what they’re told is a simple document, only to have the plan backfire and leave them scrambling to uncover who really hired them and why. The film takes place during a time of racial tension and change in Detroit, which also plays a role in the story.

Soderbergh, who made an auspicious feature film debut with “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” in 1989, has won critical acclaim and honors for many of his film and television projects, including an Oscar for “Traffic” and an Emmy for “Behind the Candelabra.”

Shooting on “No Sudden Move” began in Detroit Sept. 28 and is slated to wrap before Thanksgiving. A spokesperson said the film was originally supposed to start production in Detroit around the end of March, but COVID-19 and the state shutdown delayed that.

“No Sudden Move” is one of the first films to resume production since the pandemic started. The spokesperson said they’re following recently agreed-upon international safety guidelines for film and television shoots that include regular COVID-19 testing for cast and crew, numerous hand-washing stations, and instructions to self-isolate as much as possible to prevent someone from contracting the virus and spreading it to others on the set. That means the cast and crew can’t enjoy indoor attractions like museums, but they have been able to take in some local outdoor sights when not working. Crew members also have to drive to the set separately.

A spokesperson for the film said the decision to use Grosse Pointe City as one of the locations “absolutely had to do with the architecture.” The home on Lakeland is being used as the home for an auto industry executive in 1950s Detroit.

“The last time I shot a movie in Detroit with a great script and a great cast, things worked out really well, so I’m very excited behind my mask right now,” Soderbergh said in a press release.

Soderbergh also directed the 1998 film, “Out of Sight,” which was shot in Detroit. It was based on a crime novel of the same name by the late metro Detroit writer Elmore Leonard.

“No Sudden Move” is a production of HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures. A spokesperson said no exact date for the film’s release had been set at press time, but it is expected to launch on HBO Max sometime in 2021.