Entertainment

Bryan Cranston to star in 'The Infiltrator' with Tampa shooting sites

TAMPA -- The Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission announced Wednesday "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston will be filming part of the movie in Tampa.

"I think this is an enormous accomplishment for Tampa. It's a big win for Hillsborough County to be able to land a feature film like this. It solidifies our position on the map," said Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan.

Hagan and his colleagues helped to create a $250,000 tax incentive package to offer for "The Infiltrator." Producers almost didn't come to Tampa after applying for tax incentive money through the state. Lawmakers failed to fund the incentive bill, leaving the film in limbo.

But the smaller package was enough to lure producers to town. It was important to the story because "The Infiltrator" is based on a true story that took place in Tampa.

"They'll be in town for several weeks in advance filming, producing the film for five weeks. A significant part of that will be in downtown Tampa, the place where the events took place," said Commissioner Hagan.

Tampa is still in the running for grabbing the Ben Affleck film "Live By Night." It depends on whether lawmakers replenish the state tax incentive program next session.

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