Actor Burt Reynolds will star in a movie that's set to start filming soon in Seneca, according to Mayor Dan Alexander.
Alexander said the film will be a romantic comedy called Elbow Grease, and will be set in the fictional South Carolina town of Guppie, as the town prepares for its annual festival.
Alexander made the official announcement about Reynolds's involvement Thursday night during Jazz on the Alley, the city's weekly downtown concert series, with the film's writer and producer at Alexander's side.
"We had heard the filmmakers were in talks with Burt Reynolds," Alexander said, "but the writers and some other behind-the-scenes folks said I could finally announce it, when they came down to the jazz show."
The mayor said much of the film will be shot along Ram Cat Alley, where Jazz on the Alley is held in downtown Seneca. Alexander said filming will also take place at a Walhalla barber shop, Lake Keowee, and other areas in Oconee County.
Alexander said filming is expected to begin on September 30, and is expected to last for 30 days.
"We're very excited about all the publicity this film is going to bring our city," Alexander said. "It's all people around here have been talking about this weekend.
Alexander said the film's writer, Jason Shirley has family ties to the area.
"His grandparents actually lived here in the ‘40s and ‘50s," Alexander said. "Ram Cat Alley would've been a bustling and fun place to visit at that time. Thanks to our efforts to renew that area and all the recent business growth there, we're proud this part of our city will be showcased on the big screen."
Jennifer Haire, a member of the Elbow Grease production team said filmmakers are still looking for certain vehicles, props, and extras for the movie.
Haire said the movie takes place around the late 1990's, and said they are looking for cars from that era to feature in the film. She said they want to film station wagons, two-tone pickup trucks, minivans, hatchbacks, mid-size sedans, large sedans, muscle cars, sports car/convertibles. If you have such a car, Haire asked that you send an e-mail with a photo of it, and they may want to use your car in the film.
Haire said they are also looking for RVs, trailers, and campers that the actors and crew can use during production.
There are also opportunities to be featured as an extra in the movie. Haire said filmmakers are looking for extras of all ages who can spend up to 12 hours at a time on set, and anyone under 18-years old must have a parent or guardian agree to stay with them at all times.
Haire said they will also need 24-hour access to a copy machine during the month of October.
If you'd like to learn more about these opportunities, Haire said to send an email with a photo of you, your car, or your RV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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