Milk film production begins in January
Operations to be based on Treasure Island
Sean Penn (left) is set to play gay-rights leader Harvey Milk
in Gus Van Sant's "Milk."
Filming begins in January.
Photo courtesy Xinhua/Reuters
By Caitlin Cassady
November 26, 2007
A biographical drama about the life and political rise of historic
San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is slated to begin production
in San Francisco in January 2008.
Academy Award winning actor Sean Penn will start as Milk, who
was the first openly gay man elected to the board of supervisors.
Milk was elected to the board in 1977 and the movie will follow
his election and culminate with the assassination of Milk and
Mayor George Moscone on Nov. 27, 1978.
Gus Van Sant will direct the film, which will base its operations
on Treasure Island.
"We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Van Sant and his talented
cast and crew to San Francisco," San Francisco Mayor Gavin
Newsom said in a statement.
"Although this is a tragic story, we know it's a part of
our history that must be shared with a wide audience," he
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