One unsuspected result of the articles I’ve written about the new Kevin Costner movie to be filmed in and around McClellanville, The New Daughter, is the number of people that have contacted me. Some people are looking for the inside scoop on casting calls while others have offered up their homes and property and even a home-cooked meal in hopes to meet Mr. Costner. I am working with the production company and hope to be wrapping up their housing arrangements this week, which I’m afraid I cant discuss, but this hasn’t given me any inside information on the details of the filming.
That being said, I will share with you the information Ive heard around town.
Cindi Hobgood, who is the locations manager for New Daughter LLC, announced at a Town Hall meeting on February 4th that they will be filming in the town of McClellanville on February 26th and 27th. She advised that they plan to”shoot the scenes on Pinckney Street, including some interior and exterior scenes at T.W. Graham and Co. and at the Arts Council building and a driving scene on Pinckney Street”. Filming at Grahams will include a “romantic restaurant scene” between Kevin Costner and his love interest in the film and the Arts Council will be transformed into a police station/jail. During filming there will be intermittent traffic control, but people shouldnt have to wait more than a few minutes. Hobgood said that both businesses would be paid for their contributions to the film but the town itself was not receiving any money.
I have also heard from numerous sources that a majority of the filming will be done at the Wedge Plantation on the Santee River. The Wedge, which dates back to around 1784, is currently owned by the University of South Carolina, but has recently been leased for hunting. The main plantation home will most likely serve as the home of John James (played by Kevin Costner). The films plot apparently revolves around mysterious burial mounds near the home and its effect on James daughter.
The only casting information I have seen is on the South Carolina Film Commission Website which simply asks for people to submit their resume and photos. If I learn of any more information I will be sure to post it here.