A-list film coming to city — and looking for extras 

San Francisco is in store for a big dose of Hollywood moviemaking magic, and locals have a chance to be part of the action.

Well-known director Steven Soderbergh of “Ocean’s 11” fame is shooting in The City for one week next month for his latest production, “Contagion.”

San Francisco is “lovely” and two characters in the film — including a blogger played by actor Jude Law — live in The City, which is why the team chose to shoot on location, production publicist Spooky Stevens said.

The film is an action thriller about an international team of doctors working to prevent the spread of a deadly virus. Other big stars in the cast include Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet.

Actual shooting will take place Feb. 10-16, although the exact locations have not been disclosed.

However, there’s a slim chance of spotting the celebrities out on the town. Stevens said with just one week of shooting, there is not a lot of downtime for the actors.

“We are very excited to have such a high-profile production choose to shoot in San Francisco,” said Susannah Robbins, executive director of the Film Commission.

The production “could contribute more than $5 million to the local economy in a very short period of time.”

Robbins said she hopes to make the experience go smoothly to help recast San Francisco’s image as a “film-friendly” town to help bring more productions to The City.

The “Contagion” production will be the first to benefit from the newly launched vendor discount program, where crew members are provided with discount cards that entitle them to deals at participating hotels, restaurants and other businesses. The production ordered 100 cards.

There is a casting call at Fort Mason Center from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and at the Embarcadero YMCA from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

And the movie excitement will not end with “Contagion.” Another famous director comes to town next month as well, but will stay much longer. Director Philip Kaufman is scheduled to shoot “Hemingway & Gellhorn” from February through May.


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