It's clichéd to say that a city plays "an actual character" in a movie, but in some specific cases, this really ends up being true. You can't have Zodiac without San Francisco, and New York City might as well be the fifth Ghostbuster. The same will also be said of the tight-knit relationship that now exists between Steve McQueen's new crime thriller Widows and the Windy City of Chicago. When CinemaBlend spoke with the director and his cast about why it was important to set Widows in this city, we learned from McQueen:
It's important to tap into the modern identity of Chicago, but the Widows cast went on to elaborate the region's history of crime as being a chief influence. In Widows, four women left in the lurch after their husbands are killed in a botched heist decide to work together to get what they think is coming to them: money and power.
But it was Liam Neeson, one of the film's co-stars, who told CinemaBlend that Chicago's history made it an integral location in which to shoot, explaining:
The film is getting rave reviews for its mix of entertainment and message. And that could be found in co-star Michelle Rodriguez's explanation of the importance of shooting Widows in Chicago, as she told CinemaBlend:
Watch the cast of Widows discussing the film with us:
Steve McQueen's movie reaches theaters this weekend, and in fact, starts screening in locations on Thursday evening (so go now). We'll have more from our interviews at the Widows press day on the site soon, so stay tuned.