William Fichtner returns to Buffalo to film his directorial debut. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

William Fichtner is coming home to make a movie.

The veteran actor and former Cheektowaga resident will make his directorial debut with the drama "Cold Brook," which is expected to start principal photography here in late June. Fichtner also co-wrote (with Cain DeVore), co-produced and will star in the film along with Kim Coates ("Sons of Anarchy") and Harold Perrineau ("Lost").

In confirming the news, Tim Clark of the Buffalo Film Commission said this has been worked on "for a long, long time and is finally coming to fruition."

"Bill is an authentically good guy and it is important to him that it will be shot here," Clark said. "It's a nice movie and a great project for Western New York."

The familiar face and down-to-earth attitude of actor William Fichtner

"Cold Brook" will primarily be shot in Buffalo with some "spill out" into Western New York. Filming is expecting to last through most of July. A few days of filming also will take place place in Cortland.

In the announcement of the film via Deadline, Fichtner said the movie is "the story of two ordinary guys in a small town who embark on an extraordinary adventure. It’s a story about coming home; something everyone, everywhere has an innate desire to do.”

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Coates, who worked with Fichtner on "Black Hawk Down," also is one of the co-producers. The busy Fichtner also has starred in such films as "The Dark Knight," "Armageddon," "Independence Day: Resurgence" and the TV show "Prison Break." He also narrated ESPN’s 30 for 30 film, "Four Falls of Buffalo"

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