Here’s Hamilton in Jeremy Renner and Dianne Wiest’s series ‘The Mayor of Kingstown’

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Published November 3, 2021 at 10:57 pm

Actor Jeremy Renner. (File photo.)

Hamilton will get its close-up in a new crime thriller that will debut in less than two weeks.

The Paramount+ streaming service tweeted a link to a trailer for “Mayor of Kingstown,” a series which filmed scenes in Hamilton this summer and was co-created by Taylor Sheridan and Hugh Dillon, the frontman of The Headstones. The series, which stars Jeremy Renner and two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest, is set in a fictional post-industrial Michigan town. Kingstown is a place where “incarceration is the only industry,” as Sheridan describes it in the video.

“Everyone in this town, somehow, is involved in the prison,” Renner, who plays a Kingstown power broker named Mike McLusky, says in the trailer. “They’re either in the prison, or they work for the prison, or they’re family members of people who do one of those two things.”

The trailer — which includes Not Safe For Work language that is age-inappropriate for children — includes establishing shots of Hamilton’s refineries. There is also drone footage that pans over the city’s neighbourhoods.

The series is backed by some serious Hollywood, and big-business heft. “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua is one of the series’ executive producers alongside Dillon, Renner and Sheridan, as is Pittsburgh Penguins co-proprietor Ron Burkle.

The prison scenes were filmed over two weeks in September in Dillon’s hometown of Kingston, Ont., at the former Kingston Penitentiary. The infamous maximum security institution was integral to Kingston becoming known as Canada’s prison capital. It closed in 2013 and is now a tourist attraction.

“Any place with that many prisons, there’s something haunted about it,” is how Dillon describes the fictional Kingstown in the series trailer.

The cast also includes Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights,” “Game Night”) and young British performer Emma Laird. “Mayor of Kingstown” will be available on Paramount+ on Nov. 14.

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