DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – What’s that in the sky? — It’s a bird, it’s a plane — no, it’s a host of stars! And they’re not just in the firmament, they’ll also be spotted all over the streets in metro Detroit next month.

The Michigan Film Office announced Monday the feature film “Parts Per Billion” was approved for a film incentive from the state.

Producers say, “The film tells the interwoven stories of three couples forced to make life altering decisions in the face of a disastrous war.” The project will shoot in metro Detroit this December.

The cast for “Parts Per Billion” includes Frank Langella of “Frost” fame;  Gena Rowlands from “The Notebook,” Rosario Dawson of “Sin City,” Penn Badgley formerly of “Gossip Girl,” and Josh Hartnett of “Black Hawk Down.”

This is the third project in Michigan for producer Molly Hassell, maker of “Vamps,” and “The Giant Mechanical Man.” The screenplay is by Brian Horiuchi, who is also directing.

“Repeat business is a sign of a quality product” said Margaret O’Riley, director of the Michigan Film Office. “Filming this project in Michigan speaks to our competitive incentive program, our talented workforce and the quality of filmmaking this state has to offer.”

“Parts Per Billion” was awarded an incentive of $295,766 on $991,003 of projected in-state expenditures. The project is expected to hire 73 Michigan workers with a full time equivalent of nine jobs.

“The crews in Michigan are some of the hardest working in the nation. Not to mention, good attitudes and helpful at every step in the process,” Hassell said. “We are very happy to be returning for the third movie.”

In fiscal year 2013, six projects have been awarded a total of $807,310 on $2,776,210 of approved production expenditures for the year. These projects are expected to create 293 Michigan hires with a full-time equivalent of 17 jobs.


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