Thanks to changes that make North Carolina’s film tax incentives program less attractive to Hollywood, it’ll probably be a long time before we see Jennifer Lawrence or Claire Danes emoting for cameras around these parts.
The number of feature films or TV series currently being shot in the Charlotte area? Zero, according to the North Carolina Film Office.
However, several notable movie projects got in and out of the state before the old program expired at the end of December – and a few of them will wind up at a theater near you in 2015.
Here’s the scoop on five upcoming films that were mostly shot in the Charlotte region.
Plot: A high school student (Wolff) sets out on a cross-country search to find the neighbor girl he’s in love with (Delevingne) after she disappears under mysterious circumstances.
Production took place: Fall 2014.
Why it’s notable nationally: John Green wrote the book, and the author is a hero among young-adult fiction readers thanks to “The Fault in Our Stars.”
Location, location: The cast and crew became the talk of Huntersville’s Skybrook neighborhood when they spent five days last November shooting (and mingling/posing for photos with residents) in the community.
Release date: June 5.
Box office potential: It won’t come near the $124 million take of “The Fault in Our Stars,” but it could be a sleeper hit going into the summer season.
Plot: A dog that helped Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. after his handler’s death and is adopted by the man’s family.
Production took place: Spring/summer 2014.
Why it’s notable nationally: This marks the first project we will have seen from Graham following the series finale of NBC’s “Parenthood,” which aired Thursday.
Location, location: Graham and her co-stars (also including Academy Award nominee Thomas Haden Church) were spotted shooting scenes all over the area, including Charlotte, Lincolnton, Kings Mountain, Faith (near Salisbury), Elkin (along the Yadkin River) and Asheville.
Release date: Aug. 21.
Box office potential: In the wake of “American Sniper,” any studio movie with military heroism is liable to resonate with audiences. So, this could do well.
Plot: A high-school student (Wolff) befriends the title character (Rourke) – a retired CIA assassin who has just a few months to live.
Production took place: Spring/summer 2014.
Why it’s notable nationally: This is one of three movies Wolff will appear in this year. The others are “Paper Towns” (see above) and “The Intern,” which also stars Academy Award winners Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.
Location, location: Among several Charlotte locations that were used, the most notable was South Mecklenburg High School. After widely publicizing an open casting call, producers welcomed nearly 500 locals to the school’s stadium last July, while South Meck players and cheerleaders helped populate the field to re-create a Friday night football game for the film.
Release date: TBA 2015.
Box office potential: It’s an independent film, but could do well if Wolff’s and Roberts’ (“We’re the Millers,” “American Horror Story”) stars keep rising.
Plot: A drug-addicted single mother (Mara) is taken hostage by an escaped convict (Oyelowo) who is bent on getting retribution against those who put him in jail.
Production took place: Fall 2013.
Why it’s notable nationally: Oyelowo recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma.”
Location, location: This one came and went very quietly, so we have no specifics on where it was shot.
Release date: Sept. 18, 2015.
Box office potential: Building. Oyelowo star is on the rise, and high-powered, ripped-from-the-headlines dramas can do well in the fall movie season.
‘Careful What You Wish For’
Plot: A young man (Jonas) gets embroiled in a scandal after having an affair with sexy Lena (Lucas), who is married to an investment banker (Mulroney).
Production took place: Spring 2013, so it’s been on the shelf for a while.
Why it’s notable nationally: If you don’t count The Disney Channel’s “Camp Rock” flicks (and you shouldn’t), this marks the Jonas Brother’s first serious movie role.
Location, location: Jonas stayed in an apartment at Birkdale Village in Huntersville during the shoot, and was spotted by fans at eeZ Fusion & Sushi, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Red Rocks Café and Starbucks.
Release date: This also could go straight to video on demand.