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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos By Kelly Marie Mancuso
RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photos By Kelly Marie Mancuso
Veteran actor Morgan Freeman filming a scene for his upcoming film "Going in Style" at Nat's Diner in Maspeth

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin descended upon Nat’s Diner in Maspeth on Monday to shoot scenes for New Line Cinema’s remake of the 1979 comedy “Going In Style.”

The veteran actors were observed entering and leaving the former Clinton/Goodfellas Diner, as well as shooting an interior scene in one of the diner’s booths by the window. Actress Joey King of the television series “Fargo” rounded out the cast.

The Queens Courier first broke the story about the film shoot on Thursday amid much speculation as to whether or not the actors would appear at the location. Caine and Freeman have previously starred together in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” trilogy, with Cain playing Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth opposite Freeman’s Lucius Fox.

According to sources on the set, Freeman was accompanied by his stepdaughter, Deena Adair Williams, who was working with the film’s hair and makeup department.

Morgan Freeman shooting a scene in the window booth at Nat's Diner

Morgan Freeman shooting a scene in the window booth at Nat’s Diner

Film crews surrounded the diner with multiple spotlights and reflection panels, including an 80-foot-tall lighting rig. Stand-ins for the actors were also on hand prior to the stars’ arrival on the set.

The original version of “Going in Style” debuted in 1979 and starred comedic legends George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasburg as cash-strapped retirees turned bumbling bank robbers in Groucho Marx disguises.

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Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman on the set of “Going in Style” in Maspeth on Monday, Aug. 10

Actor and screenwriter Zach Braff of “Scrubs” fame is directing the latest version of the film. Braff made his directorial debut in 2004 with the critically acclaimed film “Garden State” in which he starred opposite Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard. According to Variety, stars Matt Dillon and Ann-Margaret are also set to join the cast of the “Going in Style” remake.

“Going in Style” is set to premiere in theaters on May 6, 2016.


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