The town of Florence is about to see stars - Hollywood stars, that is.
Located about one hour south of Colorado Springs, the burg of about 3,800 residents that bills itself as the antique capital of Colorado will be the main location for the Netflix movie "Our Souls at Night," starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.
The movie is based on the late Colorado author Kent Haruf's novel about a widow and widower in a small Colorado town who embark on a friendship that eventually blossoms into romance.
"We're pretty excited about it," said Florence City Manager Mike Patterson. "We think that the story's perfect for promoting our community. It should be great exposure."
Patrick Mignano, a location manager for Netflix, told Florence City Council on Monday night it was the city's charm that struck the film's director, according to the Cañon City Daily Record.
Filming will begin Sept. 17 during the 89th annual Florence Pioneer Days, held Sept. 16-18. Fans can get up close and personal with the actors and crew as they participate in the "Remember When" parade at 10 a.m. The production is expected to continue shooting the following two days and one week in October at a number of sites, including the hardware store, bowling alley, corner cafe and baseball field. Filmmakers will use Colorado Springs as their base of operations.
"From what they told us, they're portraying the best parts of the community - the scenic parts of it. It will be great for people throughout Colorado to see that," Patterson said. "To see us on there and say, 'We can go visit that town.'
"We're a wonderful town with a great downtown," he said. "We're excited to have that out there. We want to get as many Colorado Springs people to come shop here as possible."