The Stamford Advocate has announced that Eddie’s film The Good Nurse will start filming there this month.
STAMFORD — True crime is coming to Stamford this spring. But only the fictional kind.
Netflix is moving into Stamford this April to film murder thriller “The Good Nurse,” featuring Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain.
Stamford turning into a film set means more than movie stars walking down Washington Boulevard. The casting agency is looking for paid extras to play everyday pedestrians.
But there’s also a twist: the team wants contortionists, sword swallowers, and circus performers, too.
Redmayne will play prolific serial killer Charles Cullen — a nurse who confessed to murdering 40 patients in hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Some experts estimate that Cullen actually killed more than 300 people, making him the most prolific serial killer in modern history.
Bringing Hollywood sensibilities to the Nutmeg State comes with sizable economic benefits, according to Thomas Madden, Stamford’s director of economic development.
“Most of the money comes into the hotel rooms and restaurants — local things like that,” Madden said.
Netflix doesn’t cut Stamford a check to film in the City that Works, Madden explained, but it keeps the hotels downtown full and brings more people to local restaurants, which is especially helpful while recovering from an economic downturn.
To lure in entities like Netflix, the state of Connecticut provides production companies with tax credits and exemptions enacted in 2006. Films can receive up to 30 percent in tax credits for filming in Connecticut, a perk that is only sweetened by proximity to New York.
“People are starting to realize it’s much easier to film here. And our (tax) credits are just as good,” Madden said.
Connecticut is attractive for production companies because of its geographic location and diversity of environments, said George Norfleet, director of the state Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media.
“Connecticut has a lot of various looks within a concise area. You have rolling countryside, you have cityscapes, you have beach properties,” Norfleet said.
Cities like Stamford and Bridgeport can serve as stand-ins for New York City, whereas Lifetime movies sometimes post up in the suburbs near Hartford. For “The Good Nurse,” downtown Stamford will become tri-state neighbor New Jersey.
Filming isn’t new to Stamford.
Raunchy NBC talk shows like the “Maury Povich Show,” “Judge Jerry,” and the “Steve Wilkos Show” all film in Stamford’s Rich Forum. The “Jerry Springer Show” filmed in Stamford until 2018. The “People’s Court” — a Warner Bro’s daytime reality show — also films at the Rich Forum.
On an even larger scale, ITV America — the production company behind shows like Queer Eye, the Real Housewives of New Jersey and Cake Boss — plans to open its South End headquarters this spring.
But its not just reality TV in Stamford. Dozens of movies have been shot in the city dating back to the 1930s. Revered director Elia Kazan shot “Boomerang!” — a courtroom drama about U.S. Attorney General Homer Cummings (who was once the city’s mayor) — almost entirely in Stamford.
“[I]t wasn’t an oddity to run into Dana Andrews, one of the stars of the movie, in a local restaurant, or to see other stars on the street,” wrote longtime Stamford Advocate columnist Don Russell in 2007.
More recently, there was the Oscar-nominated movie “Revolutionary Road,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, and romantic comedy “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” Showtime drama “The Big C” posted up in Shippan in 2010.