Production is scheduled to begin this week on the movie "Love Don’t Let Me Down," the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission announced Monday.
The $15 million project stars Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girl” and Garrett Hedlund of “Friday Night Lights” fame. It will be directed by Shana Feste, who also wrote the screenplay.
According to the commission, the movie’s producers plan to hire locals “for almost 75 percent of the film’s crew and 90 percent of the film’s cast.”
“More than 50 Tennessee crew members have already been put to work in a variety of jobs such as camera operators, assistant directors, grips, electricians, sound mixers, casting directors, location managers, stuntmen, set decorators, prop masters, hair and make-up artists, costumers and transportation coordinators,” read a statement from the commission.
Predicts Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission Executive Director Perry Gibson: “Having a production of this magnitude in our state will provide a significant number of jobs for our production community and the project’s spending will provide a real boost to the local economy.”
Capital District Movies Examiner Jim Dixon reported in December that in “Love Don’t Let Me Down,” Hedlund will plays “a rising young singer/songwriter who becomes involved with a fallen country singer played by Paltrow. As they embark on a career resurrection tour with her husband/manager (Tim McGraw) and a beauty queen turned singer (Leighton Meester), romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.”
State officials say Tennessee companies and businesses will benefit from the film's five-month stay in Middle Tennessee.
"Office space has been rented since November, along with rehearsal and recording studio space. Other businesses to be utilized include office supply companies, rental car agencies, grocery stores, caterers, dry cleaners, florists, printers, security firms, waste management and more," according to the Tennessee film commission.