More Pittsburgh on Netflix: Watch Trailers of Projects Shot Here
The film “Sweet Girl,” starring Jason Momoa, and the series “The Chair,” starring Sandra Oh, will both hit the streaming service next month.
You may have noticed more than the usual amount of film trucks around town recently, and two projects are set to debut next month.
Pittsburgh is the backdrop for Sandra Oh’s newest dramedy, dubbed “The Chair.” The Golden Globe-winning star of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Killing Eve” was here in February shooting the six-episode series, set to premiere on Netflix Aug. 20.
The cast and crew shot in several locations around the city, including Chatham University. Chatham students and others were hired as extras during the filming on campus, which lasted a month.
Oh portrays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the first woman of color to chair the English department at a prestigious university. Holland Taylor stars as Joan Hambling, a no-nonsense English professor and Oh’s close friend and confidant, according to a Netflix news service. Taylor is known for her roles in “The Practice,” “Two and a Half Men,” “The Truman Show,” and “Legally Blonde.”
Oh also serves as executive producer alongside David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the masterminds behind the massive HBO hit “Game of Thrones,” and actress Amanda Peet, the series showrunner.
Also premiering Aug. 20 on Netflix is “Sweet Girl,” an action-thriller starring Jason Momoa and Isabel Merced. Momoa portrays family man Ray Cooper who vows to bring a pharmaceutical company to justice after it pulls a potentially life-saving drug from the market just before his wife dies of cancer.
“But when his search for the truth leads to a deadly encounter that puts Ray and his daughter Rachel (Merced) in harm’s way, Ray’s mission turns into a quest for vengeance in order to protect the only family he has left,” according to the plot description from Netflix.
Judging from the trailer, there is a lot of Pittsburgh packed into the movie, with shots of Fifth Avenue Place, PPG Place and PNC Park, just to name a few.