Peyton’s (new) place: Former Browns phenom takes leading role in ‘The Hunting’

Former Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis stars in “The Hunting,” a locally-produced horror film.








SOURCE: Crain’s Cleveland Business | Joe Scalzo
January 31, 2022

When Mark Andrew Hamer started casting for his new horror film, “The Hunting,” he knew he wanted his cast and crew to have as many Northeast Ohio connections as possible.

He also knew filling one role, in particular, would be a challenge — Matt, a conservative small-town detective who teams up with a wildlife specialist (played by Solon High graduate Joelle Westwood) to investigate a series of mysterious animal attacks.

“It’s a bigger character,” said Hamer, a Youngstown native and former Forty Under 40 honoree from Crain’s Cleveland Business. “It’s a character that has to be more polarizing, and it’s a character that has to be physically dominant.

“So when you start thinking in terms of that, the first thing you think of is ‘athletes.’ And not just athletes, but football players. Then you start looking at, ‘Who is important to Cleveland?’ “

The Browns had already produced one running back who went into acting in Jim Brown.

Why not another?