Wilmington's Famous Film and TV Sites
Tour "Hollywood East"
"Hollywood East" and "Wilmywood" are names that have been attributed to Wilmington through the years. With a long list of film and TV credits to its name and home to Screen Gem Studios, the Wilmington area has served as the perfect backdrop for blockbuster movies, TV shows and indie productions alike since the early 1980s.
Top Film & TV Locations
Lace up your walking shoes, print this guide and head out on a self-guided film location scouting adventure through Wilmington and our Island Beaches. With more than 400 film and TV credits to our name, there are plenty of famous—and infamous—sites to discover.
Head to Airlie Gardens to see famous film locations from "King Kong Lives," Nicholas Spark's "The Choice," the "Sleepy Hollow" TV series, and more with their Filmed at Airlie brochure.
Dawson's Creek Locations Tour
Transport yourself from Wilmington to Capeside with this self-guided tour of dozens of locations made famous by the popular WB series. Follow a mapped walking tour of locations in downtown Wilmington, and then head to midtown and our island beaches for more.
One Tree Hill Locations Tour
You'll think you're back in Tree Hill as you make your way through Wilmington and our Island Beaches with the self-guided One Tree Hill locations tour as your guide. Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown Wilmington and see highlights of other filming locations around the area.
The Netflix feature film "Along for the Ride" is filming in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wilmington. The storyline is set in a charming beach town and based on the popular young-adult novel written by Sarah Dessen. The cast includes Andie MacDowell, Kate Bosworth, Dermot Mulroney, Emma Pasarow and Belmont Cameli. In the film, a teenage girl spends a summer with her father and step-family at the beach, where she meets an adventurous boy who encourages her to try new things. Filming locations include the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Kure Beach Fishing Pier and many nearby businesses.
Starring Jessica Chastain as Tammy, the Spectrum Originals series “George and Tammy” is in pre-production and set to film in Wilmington. The series will follow the marriage of country music couple George Jones and Tammy Wynette and is based on the book written by the couple’s daughter, Georgette Jones.
The Fox Entertainment drama television series, "Our Kind of People," stars Yaya DaCosta who was most recently on “Chicago Med" and Morris Chestnut who is currently starring in “The Resident.” The series is preparing for production in the Wilmington region, and follows a single mom who moves her family to the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, with hopes of taking her natural Black hair-care line to the African American elite there.
The second season of the Starz series “Hightown,” was filmed in Wilmington. The television drama continues the story of a woman’s journey to sobriety that is overshadowed by a murder she feels she must solve.
“I.S.S.,” a space thriller following astronauts who receive a distressing message from Earth, was filmed in Wilmington. Put on by LD Entertainment, the movie stars Chris Messina and Pilou Asbaek and is directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite.
Blumhouse and Universal Pictures filmed "The Black Phone" starring Ethan Hawke. The horror storyline is an adaptation of the short story by New York Times Best Seller Joe Hill in which a disconnected phone begins to ring at nightfall. The movie is scheduled to premiere in theaters on Jan. 28, 2022.
Fox Entertainment's "This Country" is a television show filmed in Wilmington based on the BBC comedy series of the same name. Actors Seann William Scott ("American Pie" and "Lethal Weapon") and Aya Cash ("The Boys" and "You're the Worst") are cast alongside others in the mockumentary sitcom. The U.S. version follows the lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet, who live in a small town.
Knife-wielding Michael Myers came to Wilmington as the sequel of the horror movie franchise "Halloween" continued with "Halloween Kills." Befitting setting given Wilmington has been named one of the most actively haunted cities in the country. Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in the original "Halloween," continues her role as Laurie Strode. Producers plan to release "Halloween Kills" in October 2021.
The legendary horror movie franchise “Scream” and its latest movie version was filmed in Wilmington. Spyglass announced the fifth film in the "Scream" franchise, bringing back Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell, who play the characters Gale Weathers, Officer Dewey Riley and Sydney Prescott. Dylan Minnette and Mason Gooding are also among the cast. Prescott, Riley and others fight for their lives against the famous Ghostface killer. The theatrical release is scheduled for January 2022.
Oscar-winner Russell Crowe is starring in the upcoming horror film “The Georgetown Project” (working title) produced by Kevin Williamson (“Dawson’s Creek”, “Scream”, “I Know What you Did Last Summer”) and filmed in the Wilmington area. Russell Crowe plays a troubled actor who begins to unravel while shooting a horror film.
Hulu's original show "Everyone is Doing Great" debuted in January 2021 and was filmed in Wilmington. One Tree Hill fans will recognize the show's top stars, James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti as the characters Seth and Jeremy. In the show, the friends enjoyed the success of ‘Eternal,’ a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they awkwardly navigate the perils of life and love in a late coming-of-age. The series stars James Lafferty, Stephen Colletti, Alexandra Park, Cariba Heine, Karissa Lee Staples and was created by James Lafferty and Stephen Colletti
"Swamp Thing" has returned to the television screen on the CW Network. Follow the story of CDC researcher Abby Arcane as she returns to her childhood home in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. Explore Wilmington's swampy filming locations, like Greenfield Park and the Wilmington Riverwalk among others.
The Wilmington N.C.-filmed feature "Uncle Frank," was acquired by Amazon Studios at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and is now available on Amazon Prime Video. The project was based in Wilmington and shot in various locations in North Carolina. Written and directed by Alan Ball, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "American Beauty," the film stars Sophia Lillis as Beth, best known for her role in "It" and Paul Bettany as Frank, from "Avengers: Infinity War," and takes viewers on a road trip set in 1973 from Manhattan to Creekville, South Carolina for the family patriarch's funeral.
"Words on Bathroom Walls" follows a troubled teenager diagnosed with mental illness and his journey to find love and support for the very first time. The story is based on the book by Julia Walton and stars Charlie Plummer as Adam and Taylor Russell as Maya. Locations throughout the city can be seen in the film including the Wilmington Riverwalk, Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, St. James Episcopal Church, Old Books on Front, New Hanover High School Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, Cape Fear Community College Union Station, Airlie Gardens and more. Andy Garcia who is cast as Father Patrick, has starred in two other Wilmington-made productions: Max Steel (2016) and Christmas in Conway (2013).
Stars of Wilmington Film
You'll be surprised by the number of Hollywood stars who have filmed in Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Browse through an extensive listing of 64 Hollywood stars, including many Oscar (and Grammy and Tony) winners, who've worked on productions filmed here and see how many you recognize.
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