Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara Filming Chef in Miami This Week
Ever find yourself wondering what Jon Favreau is up to lately? Yeah, didn't think so.
So let this serve as your official Vergara Alert: She's in Miami this week, along with Robert Downey Jr. (and, okay, Jon Favreau too), filming a movie titled Chef.
Following a series of successful directing and producing gigs (think: All the Iron Man films), Favreau is going back to his Swingers roots to create a film near-singlehandedly. He wrote Chef; he's directing Chef; and yes, he's also starring in Chef.
Favreau told Jaie Laplante of the Miami International Film Festival that the movie is about a Miami-born man who fails miserably at opening a restaurant in Los Angeles after an "Internet-fueled flame-out." He returns to Miami, gets friendly with his ex-wife (played by Vergara), and fixes up a food truck, which he plans to drive across the country to reclaim his success in L.A.
At least part of the film is shot at Hoy Como Ayer, a site Favreau discovered while he was in Miami last year for the filming of Iron Man 3. According to Laplante:
While he was here in 2012 to shoot a few scenes for Iron Man 3, he had asked to be taken "around South Beach" to see some Cuban music clubs. Nuh-uh, he was told - and escorted on a tour of such places as Hoy Como Ayer.
Smart move, Favreau advisors. South Beach is many things, but "authentically Cuban" is not one of them.
Though the plot sounds like it's based in Miami, Chef's filming schedule lasts just four days in Miami. Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey Jr. are all in town to spice up the screen; Chef will also star Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Bobby Cannavale, and Garry Shandling. That's one weird mix of people, which we suppose is appropriate for a movie set in South Florida.
The crew should pack up and move on to other locations in New Orleans and Austin, Texas, by the end of this week. You know what that means: You only have a few days to spot Sofia in the flesh. (For an autograph, obviously. Get your head out of the gutter.)
Chef is due out in 2014.
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