SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Netflix’s “Along for the Ride” trailer has dropped with views of the New Hanover County Courthouse and Wilmington City Hall, and overhead shots of the Carolina Beach shoreline and Snow’s Cut Bridge.
The young adult film was shot in the area in 2021 starting in April, wrapping by the end of the year. It will debut on the streaming service Apr. 22, with a run time of one hour and 47 minutes.
Based on the New York Times bestseller by a Chapel Hill author, Sarah Dessen, the plot follows Auden (Emma Pasarow), a recent high school graduate headed to the beach town of Colby to spend time with her father (Dermot Mulroney). She meets Eli (Belmont Cameli), a “fellow insomniac,” and the two go on nightly quests.
“I never really had a chance to be a kid. I spent most of my time in my mom’s world,” Auden says in the teaser. “My whole life was about school, which didn’t leave me a lot of time for anything else. But it’s the summer before college and I want to change that.”
Dessen shared the trailer on Twitter Thursday, writing: “So excited for all of you to see it. WOW!”
Sofia Alvarez directed the project. Previously she wrote the screenplay for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” a Netflix hit adapted by another popular teen author, Jenny Han.
The production pulled film permits locally for Innes Park, Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, Jimbo’s Diner, Nauti Dog, Pleasure Island Rentals, Nest Realty, Havanas, Carolina Smokehouse, Carolina Beach Scuba. The trailer also highlights Tomlinson’s parking lot on College Road and Melissa’s Coin Laundry on Pleasure Island.
Kate Bosworth also stars in the film as Auden’s stepmother (“Blue Crush”), and Andie MacDowell (“Groundhog Day,” “Four Weddings and a Funeral”) plays Auden’s mother.
Netflix is slated to adapt two other Dessen novels: “This Lullaby” and “Once and For All.” As of early February, it didn’t have any updates to share with Port City Daily about the forthcoming projects.
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