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UPDATE: Movie magic at Morven Park?

photoTimes-Mirror Staff Photo/Crystal Owens Morven Park in Leesburg was closed today while rumors abound that several high-profile actors were filming scenes for the movie “Foxcatcher” on the site.

Originial: Posted Oct. 11, 4:03 p.m.

Twitter and Facebook are abuzz today with postings that Leesburg has been inundated with Hollywood actors, rumored to be filming at Morven Park.

Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo and are all reported to be in town, filming “Foxcatcher.”

“Foxcatcher” is the story of John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz, according to IMBd.com.

Carell, according to the website, is cast as du Pont, while Tatum plays Mark Schultz and Ruffalo is David Schultz.

According to various tweets, Tatum was spotted at Leesburg’s Outlet Mall today.

So far officials at Morven Park have been tight-lipped about what’s going on at the site today.

A member of the Loudoun Times-Mirror staff spoke with Moven Park officials this morning. They declined to comment on the nature of the event until after it was completed.

Updated: Oct. 15, 1:27 p.m.

Teresa Davenport, communications director for Morven Park confirmed Oct. 15 that Carell, Tatum and Ruffalo were at the historic site for nearly two days filming exterior shots for a new movie.

The film, for now titled “Foxcatcher,” will be released some time next year.

Moven Park was chosen as a locale for its scenery and accommodations, Davenport said.

“It was a really ideal location. It worked out well for everyone,” she said.

Davenport said she met all three actors and was impressed with not only the Hollywood stars, but the entire crew.

“Everybody was so nice. I can’t say enough about the crew. They were so respectful of this being an historic site and the collections,” she said.

The three actors stayed in Leesburg during the filming, and according to Mayor Kristen Umstattd, were impressed with Leesburg’s downtown area and charm. 

Davenport said photos of the cast and crew at work at Morven Park are embargoed until closer to the movie’s release date.


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