Ethan Hawke Scouting in Kentucky

Last Saturday, after spending time at the Dia de los Muertos festival in Central Park in Henderson, we drove through downtown. I made a mental note of how beautiful and well maintained it is.


I did this because, again, I was in a small town in Kentucky that would make a great backdrop for a movie shoot. And I’ve been doing it since the Kentucky Entertainment Incentive – a refundable tax credit – was introduced in early 2022.

Earlier this year, Orlando Bloom was in the Commonwealth filming an upcoming thriller and now we have a two-time Oscar nominee among us scouting locations for an upcoming movie.


It’s true. Ethan Hawke recently showed up in Shelbyville KY and spent time with Shelby County Deputy Executive Judge Jon Park who showed him around town. Park says Hawke and his team were very impressed with just about everything they saw.

That the movie is set in the 1950s is even better, and here’s why I say that:

The small towns I’ve visited and refer to are, in my opinion, perfect BECAUSE they could be used for a film set MANY decades from now. That’s the good thing about town centers that retain their old architecture.

Outside of the period, Hawke was less open about the rest of the film, and that makes sense. Also, according to WLKY-Louisville, nothing has been confirmed regarding Shelbyville yet. But the city – with a population of around 20,000 – is on his radar.


This is actually Ethan Hawke’s second Kentucky appearance in four months. In July, he was spotted at the Louisville Zoo.

At that time, WLKY reports, he was also scouting filming locations. I imagine it’s for the same movie, but I don’t know for sure. But what are the odds of it being for TWO different films?

And if you need to shoot a scene or two in a zoo, the Louisville Zoo is one of the best I’ve ever been to.


Ethan Hawke made his film debut in 1985 Explorersbut he made his big breakthrough in 1989, nominated for an Oscar Dead Poets Societyin which he uttered arguably the film’s most famous line at the start of arguably its most famous scene.

In 2002, he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 2001 films. training day and scored a second nod in this category in 2015 for 2014 Childhood.

Hawke already has a busy 2023 with three movies slated for release — Tonight at Noon, Leave the World Behind and Strange Way of Life — and now he’s gearing up for AT LEAST a fourth.

Fingers crossed, Shelbyville. Crossed fingers.

13 movies that were filmed in Kentucky

Kentucky hasn’t been ignored by Hollywood when it comes to the use of filming locations. But there could always be more, right?

Kentucky’s Oscar History

The Oscars are this Sunday. Here’s a list of Kentucky natives who have been nominated for acting awards, mixed in with films that have their own Kentucky connections.

I bet you didn’t know these celebrities were Kentucky Colonels

About Maria Hunter

Check Also

Tech Champions 2022: the shortlists

In response to our call for entries for this year’s Tech Champions project, nearly 300 …