There was a little excitement in the Osoyoos Buy Low grocery store Sunday when Hollywood icon Nicolas Cage stopped by to pick up a few things.
And according to one movie insider, Osoyoos residents can expect the excitement to continue.
“He spoke to a few of the staff,” said Buy-Low manager Brian Fry. “I wasn’t there at the time, but it sounded like he bought a bunch of food.
“Maybe he was having a Grey Cup party.”
The 52-year-old Cage is reportedly in Osoyoos to film The Humanity Bureau, a Canadian-produced film that includes as its tagline “In the near future our government will decide who is expendable.”
The film is said to be part of a six-pack of science fiction, horror and action films produced in a partnership involving Regina’s Mind’s Eye Entertainment and U.S.-based Bridgegate Pictures that will bring even more actors and film crews to the community.
He parlayed a slate of classic, quirky roles early in his career to achieve a measure of box office supremacy. He has appeared in more than 80 movies.
The film also reportedly stars Penticton’s Jett Klyne. The talented youngster got his start as the E-Trade baby in a pair of Super Bowl commercials and has since appeared in feature films The Boy and Manny Dearest.
Osoyoos is expected to host numerous other actors and film crews over the next few months as no less than nine productions take advantage of the South Okanagan’s scenic beauty, climate and low costs.
“Mind’s Eye has five other productions coming to the area next year,” said a source close to the productions. “And then there’s another production company coming up and they’re doing four.
“We’ve got the setting for desert seas, Iraq and we’ve got vineyards and we’re looking pretty good here as a scenic venture for movie companies.”