SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Now that the film industry strikes have ended, the cameras will begin rolling in the greater Wilmington region. “Outer Banks” is scheduled to set up in the area in the coming three weeks.
According to Kimmie Stewart Casting, the agency behind the extra talent for the popular Netflix series, production crews will be in town beginning Monday, Nov. 20, and shoot scenes for “Outer Banks” through the first of December.
The agency put out a call Tuesday for a host of background and extra roles, including “Swamp Guy,” as well as beachgoers, a lifeguard and tourists, bartenders, servers and bar patrons, fishermen, school kids and a “nosey adult.”
“Outer Banks,” which has a homebase in Charleston, South Carolina, was scheduled to film locally in July, as reported previously by Port City Daily. The show’s frontrunners, director Jonas Pate and writers Joshua Pate and Shannon Burke, have ties to the region. The Pates grew up in southeastern North Carolina and Jonas currently lives in Wilmington.
The plan was to film at Fort Fisher on Pleasure Island and the Crystal Pier in Wrightsville Beach. Crews also were set to capture footage for a motocross race scene in Pender County.
Permits for “Outer Banks” were put on hold mid-July in Wrightsville Beach and Fort Fisher, due to the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA actors’ strikes that halted productions nationwide.
Port City Daily reached out to New Hanover County, Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach and Pender County regarding recently filed or updated film permits. New Hanover and Pender responded none have been solicited for county-owned property. Though productions don’t have to go through government agencies if securing private locations.
Fort Fisher didn’t respond by press with permit info.
The Town of Wrightsville Beach confirmed “Outer Banks” is scheduled to film Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21-22, at the Oceanic; the permit is signed off on by LM Restaurants, which own the seafood restaurant and adjoining Crystal Pier. Production notes detail stunt performers will jump from the foot of the pier into the ocean. Another scene takes place near a beach access, detailing a body is on the beach with ambulance and sheriff’s vehicles parked in the vicinity.
Pate told PCD in the summer he wanted to come to Wilmington to film beach scenes because shooting on the Charleston shoreline proved difficult. Crews have traveled outside the Low Country, such as to Barbados, to film coastal shots in previous seasons.
“Outer Banks” follows the story of rogue teenagers known as the Pogues, who go on the lam from authorities, their families and dangerous mafioso types in search of a treasure. It has been a hit for Netflix since it debuted during the Covid-19 pandemic and stars young talent such as Madelyn Cline (Sarah), Chase Stokes (John B), Rudy Pankov (JJ), Madison Bailey (Kiara), and Jonathan Davis (Pope).
Three seasons have been released to date, and the show includes a host of familiar faces, including Cullen Moss, a former Wilmingtonian, who plays Deputy Shoupe. Background and feature roles have showcased locals such as Willmington restaurateur and actor Justin Smith, as well as actress Alisa Harris.
“Outer Banks” is the first scripted series to set up in the area since the strike ended Nov. 8. A reality home-renovation show — a spinoff of HGTV’s “Good Bones” — has been shooting at a downtown home in the last few months; however, reality shows are unscripted and not supported by unions, so they were immune to the strikes.
After wrapping in Wilmington, “Outer Banks” will head back to Charleston the week of Dec. 11, according to Kimmie Stewart Casting. For information about roles and how to apply, click here.
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