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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

Let’s cast the LeBron James ‘Coming Home’ movie!

When LeBron James ended weeks of speculation by announcing his decision to leave Miami and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, what he really did was cap the kind of sports story that is quickly optioned by a major motion picture studio and transformed into a summer blockbuster - maybe even an Oscar contender.

It’s the kind of story that deserves the feel good treatment. Young gun breaks the heart of his Midwest city - fans, friends and family, learns that there's more to life than just the "one thing," and redeems himself by Coming Home (assuredly the title).

Here’s how I imagine Coming Home. 

Movie opens in a small gym. We see James in the distance in a contemplative moment, alone, shooting hoops. He says nothing - in fact, he has very few lines in the entire film. Over this quiet moment, we slowly hear the rising sounds of sports radio - Baskin and Phelps, maybe. It is June 25, the day James announces he’s opting out of his Miami Heat contract, and the sportscasters are d…

Shining a light on Alex Russo's 'Lux in Tenebris'

Here’s a secret about Alex Russo. As a kid growing up in Avon Lake, Ohio, you could pick any given Saturday and would likely find your friend Russo on the diamond, pitch or soccer field. 

“I played every sport in the book,” Russo says with a bit of a smile. “All of which I did not like. Acting was what I was always good at.”

That creative spark transcends Russo’s acting career. Just look at Russo’s latest film, Lux in Tenebris. Sure, she stars in one of the lead roles, Tedandra “Teddy” Kelleran. But look a little further and you’ll discover Russo both wrote the screenplay and serves as one of the feature film’s producers. 

The film, shooting in Northeast Ohio, is also produced by Bruno Tatalovic and Deborah Ochwat. Tatalovic directs.

Midwest Movie Maker spent a little time (via email) with Russo to learn more about her film career and the making of Lux in Tenebris.

Midwest Movie Maker (MMM): When did you know you wanted to be an actor?

Alex Russo (AR): The acting bug bit at a very young age…