A number of high profile films have been shot in the Philadelphia area over the years, including more recent movies such as "After Earth" and “Silver Linings Playbook." However, Philadelphia had been experiencing a slump of late, making “Franny” a welcome development for the local film industry. Sharon Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, said "We are very excited that 'Franny' will be shooting in Philadelphia and the region. . . . I know that everyone in the region will be very excited to have the very talented and much-beloved actor here filming a movie."
“Franny” is the story of a philanthropist who meddles in the affairs of a recently married couple in an attempt to relive his past. Aside from Gere, “Franny” will also star Dakota Fanning, and will reunite Gere with Treehouse Pictures, which also produced his 2012 film “Arbitrage”.
Few people may realize that Gere has some ties to the area. He was born in Philadelphia in 1949, though he spent much of his childhood elsewhere. He was also the 2007 recipient of the Marian Anderson Award (founded by the Philadelphia native singer and civil rights activist) for his dedication to advocacy and philanthropy.
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