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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

‘Merv’ to star Zooey Deschanel, film permits submitted to Kure Beach

Boogie in the Park 2018 summer concert series kicks off this Sunday, May 20, with Signal Fire in Kure Beach. (Port City Daily/Cory Mannion)
A film starring a popular actress from “Elf” will roll cameras at Kure Beach this April. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — The Amazon show slated to start rolling cameras by April has announced an actor best known as Jovie in the hit holiday film “Elf” and more recently as Jess Day on the seven-year run of “New Girl.”

READ MORE: Amazon/MGM’s ‘Merv’ to roll in Wilmington this spring

According to iMDB, Zooey Deschanel will be the lead actress in “Merv” — a romantic comedy that centers on a couple who breaks up and the dog they share doesn’t handle it so well. While on a Florida vacation to cheer the pup up, Russ runs into Anna where sparks rekindle.

Deschanel has been seen in “(500) Days of Summer,” as well as most recently in Apple TV’s series, “Physical.” She also is a musician, best known as one-half of the group She and Him with M. Ward, formed in 2006 in Oregon.

“Merv” is penned by husband-and-wife writing team Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart and directed by Jessica Swale. Swale got her start in the entertainment industry by writing the 2013 play “Blue Stockings,” which premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe (it was produced last year by Cape Fear Community College’s theater department). Her original works also are being adapted for the screen currently: “Nell Gwynn” as a film and “Blue Stockings” as a TV series.

Produced by LightWorkers Media and Matt Baer Films, “Merv” will begin rolling in April. A location has been revealed in Kure Beach, as a film permit has been submitted according to a letter sent to the town. Mervinator Production INC. wants to film April 17-19, 22-26, and 29-30, with rain dates for May 1-3.

Town council will review the permit request at its March 18 meeting, particularly how parking and street closures will be handled, pedestrian traffic at impacted beach accesses and waiving the ordinance of dogs on the beach.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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