Bacon has been a favorite of area movie fans since playing rich joker Fenwick in Barry Levinson's 1982 ode to passing from adolescence to adulthood in late-'50s Baltimore. He's been cast as Dan Devereaux, the first husband of Zellweger's character. The actor, a native of Philadelphia, will arrive in Baltimore next week to begin filming, My One and Only producer Aaron Ryder said.
"It was a long search for the right guy," Ryder said yesterday.
Bacon, 49, has become a familiar figure in Baltimore. In addition to Diner, Bacon also starred in He Said, She Said, a 1991 romantic comedy in which he and Elizabeth Perkins played bickering journalists who nevertheless become romantically attached. In the film, both main characters were reporters for The Sun, and scenes for the film were shot in the paper's Calvert Street offices.
Bacon also performs in a rock band, The Bacon Brothers, playing guitar alongside his older brother, Michael. The band has performed in Baltimore several times, most recently accompanying a free screening of Diner at the Inner Harbor last summer.
My One and Only, which began filming in the Baltimore area last week, is based on the memoirs of actor George Hamilton. Zellweger's character, Anne Devereaux, is based on Hamilton's mother, while Bacon's character is based on his father.
Scenes for the movie have been shot in the northern Baltimore County community of Upperco, in Gunpowder State Park and in Baltimore's Mount Vernon neighborhood.