Locally filmed ‘Under the Dome’ premieres; mayor declares ‘Dome Day’ in Wilmington

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Another big-budget production filmed in Wilmington this year is appearing on television screens throughout the summer.

Image courtesy CBS.

“Under the Dome,” a miniseries based on the Stephen King novel, premiered Monday on CBS and continues every Monday at 10 p.m. over the next three months.

The 13-episode series, filmed in Burgaw, Southport and other Cape Fear locations, tells the story of a town that is separated from the world by a transparent dome.

At a red carpet premiere held at Thalian Hall last Thursday, the production was celebrated by area officials, including Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, who proclaimed today, June 24, “Dome Day” in Wilmington and presented King, an executive producer on the series, with a ceremonial key to the city.

Nearly 600 people attended the event, including cast and crew involved in the production, area residents and officials with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the towns of Burgaw and Southport, according to a release from the Wilmington Regional Film Commission.

Following a screening of the series’ first installment, cast and crew also took part in a question-and-answer session.

According to the release, “Under the Dome” “tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by a massive transparent dome.” The series stars an ensemble cast, including Dean Norris of “Breaking Bad” fame, Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy and Aisha Hinds.

In addition to King, executive producers include Steven Spielberg, Brian K. Vaughan, Neal Baer, Stacey Snider, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Jack Bender.

The series was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington, in addition to locations in Burgaw and Southport.

More information can be found on the series’ official website. A trailer can be viewed at underthedome.com.

“Under the Dome” joins a growing list of productions filmed in the Wilmington area, including recent feature films “Iron Man 3” and “Safe Haven” and the NBC series “Revolution,” among others.

Alongside the cast of ‘Under the Dome,’ Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo presents a key to the city to author Stephen King, who served as an executive producer on the series based on his best-selling novel, during last week’s premiere. Photo courtesy CBS.