Lights, camera, action!
Filming begins today (Monday) in Columbus for the Johnny Depp movie “Public Enemies.”
It chronicles bank robber John Dillinger in the 1930s.
Historic Columbus, northeast of Madison, has been made to look like Crown Point, Ind. That’s where Dillinger escaped from jail while awaiting a trial.
Rubber cobblestone has been laid on the downtown streets.
Some of the buildings now have old-fashioned facades and awnings. Big crowds are expected today in a city with 4,500 residents.
Kate Lueders of the mayor’s office calls the transformation “magical.”
There will be at least one day of filming in Columbus and maybe more.
Filming is also expected in Oshkosh, Madison and Milwaukee — plus Illinois and Indiana — before production wraps up in July.
The filming will add an estimated $20 million to the Wisconsin economy.
It’s the first movie to receive new state tax filming credits which took effect in January.
NOTE: I’ve received some emails talking about the filmages, two girls saw Johnny. Did you saw him? Talk with us about this in this thread.