Producers Seeking Locals For Acting Roles & Locations
While there is great anticipation as to what might be happening in Neyland Stadium this fall, Knoxville, Tennessee is also buzzing with the news that Burt Reynolds will be filming a movie in the city.
The Visit Knoxville Film Office, along with the Tennessee Entertainment Commission (TEC) announced that Reynolds and Ariel Winter from ABC’s Modern Family will be filming Dog Years starting in June.
“Wow, that’s exciting!,” one resident, who happens to be my sister and lives in Knoxville, messaged me when I shared the news with her.
It echoes the thoughts of nearly everyone in this friendly, mid-sized Southern city known more nationally for the University of Tennessee football and its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
“This feature film is great for our state as well as Knoxville. TEC’s partnership to help this project come to fruition was instrumental,” says Kim Bumpas, President, Visit Knoxville.
“We are thrilled that the Dog Years team has decided to bring their project to Knoxville,” said Curt Willis, Visit Knoxville Film Office.
The producers of the movie are looking to utilize locals and local locations, and are reaching out to Knoxville residents who want to be in the movie or recommend locations; e-mail them at: [email protected].
Reynolds is somewhat of a cult hero to people in the South, who still remember him for his role in Smokey And The Bandit.
So his presence in town in the summer adds sizzle to the folks in this blogger’s hometown while they anxiously anticipate the start of the college football season, one they hope finally puts the “Big” back in the Big Orange.