Update: Bad news! According to an August 21 story in the State Port Pilot, the Southport scenes were cut. Officials told Southport tourism director Cindy Brochure, "The original scenes were cut back. And it was not financially viable after that to travel here for half a day of shooting."
Christmas is coming early to Southport and Wilmington, North Carolina — like, August early.
According to an August 7 article in Southport's State Port Pilot, the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Christmas in Conway" will shoot along Moore Street and Bay Street on August 26, with potential for more filming on August 27. Don't be surprised if you see Christmas decorations around town, since production reps have reportedly asked Southport officials if they can make the area look festive for the movie.
Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds") stars as Suzy, an ailing woman whose husband Duncan (played by Andy Garcia, "Ocean's Eleven") gives her the Christmas gift of a ride on a Ferris wheel set up in their backyard.
According to On Location Vacations, a 50-foot Ferris wheel is now being installed in the backyard of a home on Forest Hills Drive in Wilmington.
Mandy Moore will play Suzy's nurse, Natalie. Mandy shot the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "A Walk to Remember" in Southport and Wilmington, so this will be something of a homecoming for her.
The TV movie will air on ABC during the holidays, but since it will be filmed in August, the actors will probably have to wear heavy coats and pretend to be cold in the 90-degree humidity. That's why they call it acting!