Production will close stretch of Yonge St. for 3 nights to film high speed chase scene
If you happened to be walking downtown this weekend, you may have noticed a crashed helicopter near Union Station.
Don’t be worried, nobody was hurt. It was actually another elaborate set for the multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbuster Suicide Squad, which is currently filming in Toronto.
Filming has kept Wellington Street West closed from Yonge to York streets and Bay Street from Lake Shore Boulevard to King Street West closed since Friday evening. Stretches of both roads will be closed until 6 a.m. ET Monday.
It wasn’t the first time the film has shut down major streets, and this week the traffic headaches will continue. As a result of shooting, Yonge Street, from Queen to College street, will be closed from 7 p.m. ET until 6 a.m. ET Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to film a high-speed car chase scene.
The movie, which stars Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, also forced the temporary closure of the GO Transit terminal at Union Station earlier this month, drawing social media ire from stranded commuters. r
Despite the angry tweets, Mayor John Tory says he supports making concessions for film productions.
“I think the notion that we’d close down a section of one of our major streets at night is something that we can cope with,” he told CBC News earlier this week, adding that road closures are a small price to pay relative to the overall economic benefits.
“The film office and the transportation department are in discussions all the time to make sure what’s being done is reasonable … This is a huge industry that is creating jobs for a lot of people,” he said.
Last year, production companies invested $1.23-billion in on-location filming in the city, according to the union that represents television, screen and radio actors in Canada.With files from CBC’s Jamie Strashin
Source: CBC News