Sunday, October 1, 2023

Locally filmed ‘Zoey 102’ trailer drops, airs July

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A production that wrapped filming in Wilmington earlier in 2023 dropped its trailer Tuesday, with a premiere date set for July 27.

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“Zoey 102” had cameras rolling earlier this winter at various Wilmington area locations, from UNCW to Perry’s Emporium to Common Desk coworking space. The trailer highlights Origins restaurant in Autumn Hall, Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Wilmington, Coastal Knot on Shipyard Boulevard, as well area beaches.

The Paramount+ movie is a followup to the four-season Nickelodeon series “Zoey 101,” which aired from 2005 to 2008.

It received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Programming during its first season. The story followed Zoey (Jamie Lynn Spears) and her friends enrolled at a former all-boys school, Pacific Coast Academy. 

“Zoey 102 shot” at Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Wilmington earlier this winter. (Paramount+/Dana Hawley)

The film, which has Spears reprising her title role and acting as executive producer, has the alums reuniting in present day for a wedding. Over-the-top hijinks ensue as Zoey Brooks is still trying to figure out love and life in her 30s.

Original cast members Erin Sanders (Quinn Pensky), Sean Flynn (Chase Matthews), Matthew Underwood (Logan Reese), Christopher Massey (Michael Barret), Abby Wilde (Stacey Dillsen) and Jack Salvatore (Mark Del Figgalo) star in the film. 

New cast members are joining the lineup, too. Thomas Lennon (“Reno 911!”) is Zoey’s boss, while Owen Thiele (“Dollface”) is friend Archer. Dean Geyer (“Glee”) is a charismatic actor Todd, and Audrey Whitby (“The Thundermans”) plays Logan’s younger sister, Lyric. Zach Zagoria (“Prince of Peoria”) appears as a reality dating show contestant with whom Zoey must work.

The film was directed by Nancy Hower (“Saturdays,” “So Help Me Todd,” “QuickDraw”) and written by Monica Sherer and Madeline Whitby (“Betch,” “Drama Club,” “All That”).

“Zoey 102” wrapped in February this year after just more than a month of filming. It has been only one of a handful of productions set up in an otherwise slow film year for the Wilmington region.

Honey Head Films’ independent film, “A Bigger Piece of Sky (aka The Confession),” was also filmed earlier in the year.

Thereafter, the Ava DuVernay series, “The J&L Project,” starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff, began rolling in March. However, “J&L” shut down production last month due to the writer’s strike.

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Rumors were swirling over whether season three of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” would make its splash back in area, as Amazon filmed seasons one and two locally. PCD reached out to Amazon earlier this month to ask if it would resume after the strike.

“We are unable to confirm any details at this time, but will keep you posted when we have any news to share,” spokesperson Kathleen Schumann wrote in an email.

The only confirmed action Wilmington seems to be getting as of now will come from Netflix’s hit show “Outer Banks.” Director Jonas Pate told PCD crews would be set up in July in the southeastern North Carolina area to film scenes for two weeks.

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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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