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Hulu to release ‘The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat’ in August

Rx Chicken and Oysters became the face of the film “The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat” in 2022. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON — A production that wrapped in town in 2022 will hit the Hulu streamer Aug. 23.

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“The Supremes at Earl’s All You Can Eat” filmed in Wilmington, particularly at Rx Chicken and Oysters, in the summer and fall two years ago. Earlier this week, Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures released the official film’s poster and date it will hit the platform.

The official poster released by Searchlight Pictures

The film received a $5.75 million rebate from the North Carolina film grant, making its budget around $23 million. It employed roughly 200 crew members.

Based on the 2013 New York Times best-selling novel by Chicago writer Edward Kelsey Moore and directed by Tina Mabry (“Mississippi Damned,” “Pose”), the period piece moves from the 1960s through the 1990s. Three best friends — Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean, a.k.a. The Supremes — meet every week at an Indiana diner to lean on each other through trials and triumphs as teenagers into adulthood. They’re portrayed by Uzo Aduba, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor and Sanaa Lathan.

The cast also includes Russell Hornsby (“Fences), Mekhi Phifer (“Divergent”), (Kyanna Simone (“American Horror Stories”), Tati Gabrielle (“You”), Abigail Achiri (“The Underground Railroad”), Julian McMahon (“Nip/Tuck”), and Vondie Curtis-Hall (“Blue Bayou”). Tony Winters (“National Champions”) will portray Big Earl.

Rx Chicken and Oysters is the setting of Earl’s, which underwent an entire facelift during filming. Its covered patio was dressed like the window of a ladies boutique, with mannequins donning clothing from the era.

As well, a parking lot across the street in front of the Mission became a used car dealership. Other locations also included Thalian Hall and Greenfield Lake, among others.

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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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