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Kristen Bell filming 'Lifeguard' in the Sewickley area

| Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 11:29 a.m.
Martin Starr and Kristen Bell perform a scene for 'The Lifeguard' along Beaver Street in Sewickley on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
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Martin Starr and Kristen Bell perform a scene for 'The Lifeguard' along Beaver Street in Sewickley on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" film isn't even in movie theaters yet and it's already old news for the Sewickley Valley.

That's because Sewickley and its neighboring communities of Leetsdale, Edgeworth and Aleppo will at least be the partial backdrop for a new film - "Lifeguards," starring Kristen Bell.

The "Veronica Mars" star was spotted on Beaver Street Tuesday morning filming.

Filming began in Monday at the Sewickley Cemetery. On Tuesday, film crews were spotted near the Sewickley Herald office at Wolcott Park.

"It gives a nice exposure to Sewickley," borough Manager Kevin Flannery said.

On July 21 and July 22, film crews are expected to record night scenes near Beaver and Chestnut streets, Flannery said.

Cochran Hose Fire Company trucks could be used July 22 to help with a rain scene that is expected to be filmed at night, Flannery said.

Leetsdale also could find itself as the backdrop of the film as a crew member contacted the borough office inquiring about the need for permits, secretary Liz Petalino said.

"We don't require any permits for that type of industry," Petalino said.

The buzz could be a boon to the region, officials said.

"It's a great thing that the area is in the movies," Leetsdale council President Joe McGurk said. "For Leetsdale, in particular, it is very great to possibly be able to show off what we have here and be part of a movie."

Flannery wondered if this and last year's Tom Cruise flick "Jack Reacher" could be the start of more movies considering the region.

"Maybe someday an Academy Award-winning movie will be shot in Sewickley," Flannery said. "Maybe we could become the Hollywood of the east."

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