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Enderby is Tomorrowland

Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland has confirmed that Disney's Tomorrowland will be shooting in the North Okanagan starting late this summer and into the fall.

George Clooney and Hugh Laurie are atop the list of Hollywood celebrities to star in the mystery adventure flick, directed by Brad Bird and produced by Damon Lindelof. 

Summerland describes the film as one of the most mysterious and anticipated movies to come along in quite some time. The plot focuses on Walt Disney, Disneyland and the Tomorrowland section of the well-known theme park.

“Having a film, cast and crew of this caliber coming to the Okanagan to shoot is a highlight in the history of filming in the Okanagan. Being in the company of as many Oscar winning filmmakers and actors is also a highlight in my career so far,” he said.

The movie will be filming in the Enderby/Armstrong area of the North Okanagan starting Aug 19, and on and off through to mid September. Summerland says the film set is not open to the public.

Summerland says without a doubt Tomorrowland is the biggest film ever to shoot in the Okanagan.

"The location we have here is one of, if not, the main locations," says Summerland.

"It is big as in money, it is big as in crew, it is big as in trucks."

Summerland says generally smaller budget films are better for the Okanagan film industry because they hire a lot of local people, however, a film such as Tomorrowland will put more money in hotels, restaurants and locations.

"They have so much money that they cover a lot of locations. They will buy not only the location they are filming at but they will buy surrounding locations. They will buy all the hotels up and down."

He says there are 300 people and five acres of trucks coming for the shoot.

"For normal movies we would be lucky if there was an acre of trucks."

Okanagan Film Commission Chair, John Trainor, says it's a relief to finally be able to announce the Tomorrowland shoot. He says local businesses should feel the impact of the production for the next few months. 

"Without the Film Commission working tirelessly on this project there is no doubt the movie would have located elsewhere" said Trainor.

Click here to see our 'Search for George Clooney' story.

For more information about the Okanagan Film Commission, visit their website.



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