John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down Now Filming in Various Locations Throughout Cincinnati

Filming will take place around Cincinnati for the next two months.

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The setting of the upcoming film adaptation of John Green’s book Turtles All the Way Down might look familiar to Cincinnatians.

That’s because, over the next two months, the filming of the on-screen adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel Turtles All the Way Down will be taking place in various locations throughout Cincinnati. Principal photography for the film began this week in Cincinnati, according to a press release.

Turtles All the Way Down is the third novel by Green to be adapted into a film. The Fault in Our Stars was adapted into a 2014 film and Paper Towns was adapted into a film released in 2015.

Originally published in 2017, Turtles All the Way Down follows 17-year-old Aza Holmes as she struggles with mental illness and anxiety. The novel is set in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In the film adaptation, which bears the same name, Holmes will be portrayed by actress Isabela Merced. Previously, Merced, a Cleveland native, starred in Netflix’s Sweet Girl with Jason Momoa.

Hannah Marks will be directing the film from a script written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger. Aptaker and Berger were previously co-showrunners for This Is Us and wrote the screenplay for Love, Simon.

“We are so excited to have Turtles All the Way Down film here in Cincinnati,” says Kristen Schlotman, executive director of Film Cincinnati, in a press release. “With the Regina King film Shirley wrapping up production earlier this month, we’re ready to welcome the next feature to Cincinnati to take advantage of our resources of talented cast, skilled crew and prime locations.”

At this point, these “prime" filming locations in Cincinnati have not been revealed.


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