"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 like One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek, and indie productions alike since Firestarter first filmed here in the early 1980s.

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Now Showing

Wilmington turns into a winter wonderland during Hallmark Movies & Mysteries "USS Christmas." Scenes were shot aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and along the Wilmington Riverwalk, among other locations. Maddie, a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime where she meets a handsome naval officer and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship's archive room. Settle in for the heartwarming holiday movie premiering on Nov. 28 and airing through Dec. 25, starring Jen Lilley, Trevor Donovan, Barbara Niven.

"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 Lake Park and the Wilmington Riverwalk among others.

The Wilmington N.C.-filmed feature "Uncle Frank," was acquired earlier this year by Amazon Studios at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. The release date of Nov. 26 has been set for the film 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.

Upcoming Productions

Legendary horror movie franchise “Scream” is filming in Wilmington. Spyglass announced the fifth film in the "Scream" franchise is set to bring back Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell, who will play the characters Gale Weathers, Officer Dewey Riley and Sydney Prescott. Dylan Minnette and Mason Gooding have also been added to the cast. Prescott, Riley and others will fight for their lives against the famous Ghostface killer. 

The second season of the Starz series “Hightown,” is filming 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.

Fox Entertainment's "This Country" is a television show filming 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 US version will follow the lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet, who live in a small town.

Recent Productions

Knife-wielding Michael Myers came to Wilmington as the sequels of the horror movie franchise, "Halloween" continued with "Halloween Kills" and "Halloween Ends." Befitting news 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 for both sequels. Both movies were filmed in Wilmington with the plans to release "Halloween Kills" in 2021. 

"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).

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”), filming in the Wilmington area began in November 2019. According to Deadline.com, Russell Crowe plays a troubled actor who begins to unravel while shooting a horror film.

Top Film & TV Locations

Lace up your walking shoes, download 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.

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.

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.