Film to bring Firth, Blunt to Alamance County
FILMING TO BRING FIRTH, BLUNT TO ALAMANCE COUNTY
GREENSBORO, NC — The Piedmont Triad Film Commission, working in conjunction with the NC Film Office, has recruited the feature film Arthur Newman, Golf Pro, starring Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, Mama Mia!, Bridget Jones’s Diary) and Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau, The Devil Wears Prada) to shoot scenes in Alamance County in November. Dante Ariola is directing the film from an original script by Becky Johnston.
Rebecca Clark, Piedmont Triad Film Commission executive director, worked with the state film office and the film production team for several months to scout sites across the region for multiple scenes. “We are thrilled to host a production of this caliber, in our hotels and restaurants, and we appreciate Rebecca’s hard work to bring us this opportunity,” says Robert Cox, vice president of the Alamance County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
This film will be shooting in other parts of the state including primarily Wilmington and additional scenes in the Triangle region.
The film marks Ariola’s feature directorial debut. He has won awards for his innovative commercial work with brands including Coca Cola, Adidas, Nike, Lexus, ESPN, and Volkswagen. He’s been nominated twice for the Directors Guild of America’s Director of the Year award and won the Cannes Gold Lion, advertising’s highest honor, for his work with Budget Rent-A-Car.
The film tells the story of Wallace Avery (Firth), who hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he’s blown his one shot at living his dream. He stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur’s road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt), who is also trying to leave her past behind. The two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds and a highroller and his Russian lady, among others. Through their time together, Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey begins.
Becky Johnston and Alisa Tager are producing the film in conjunction with Mac Cappuccino through Vertebra Films and Brian Oliver from Cross Creek Pictures. Lisa Bruce, Natalie Hill and James Holt are serving as executive producers. Vertebra Films is financing.