Tonawanda News — Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are heading to Niagara Falls for a movie shoot.
Multiple media outlets in Wilmington, N.C., reported this week that local filming has wrapped on a movie called “Tammy,” which features Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon, Melissa McCarthy, Dan Akroyd and Kathy Bates.
Reports also indicate that filming will move to Niagara Falls next week, with the crew scheduled to arrive on Thursday. According newspaper and television outlets in Wilmington, the film’s main character, Tammy, played by McCarthy, wants to visit Niagara Falls. In the movie, Sarandon reportedly plays the grandmother to McCarthy’s character and the pair hit the road together after Tammy loses her job and learns that she has a cheating husband.
Officials in Niagara Falls were unable to confirm the change in venues for the production, nor would any of them say if they were expecting McCarthy, Sarandon or any members of the film’s production crew to visit anytime soon.
John Percy, president of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., said his organization welcomes the sort of attention a movie production can bring to Niagara County, adding that having the Falls featured in a mainstream film offers a tremendous boost for promotional efforts.
“Anytime there is a huge production and Niagara Falls is featured, we welcome that as a destination marketer,” Percy said. “That’s free publicity we couldn’t match and we couldn’t afford to do ourselves.”
Filming of the movie, according to media reports in Wilmington, is expected to be completed in the Falls. The release date is scheduled for July 2, 2014.