Scene-Stealing, North Carolina Backgrounds On The Big Screen

Carolina MonthlyCarolina Monthly|April 24, 2017|Andrea Sturdivant


North Carolina has been stealing some of Hollywood’s thunder being the go-to destination for shooting well-known movies, TV shows and Television productions.

Many of North Carolina’s cities have boasted hot spots from movies and Emmy®-winning TV shows. Below is a backstage pass to the box-office feature films and stellar-award winning TV shows that put North Carolina on the spotlight and the map.


Shots Fired (TV, 2017-present)

New prime time FOX drama series that centers around the story-lines of police shootings, racial profiling, police corruption and racial prejudice. The show is featuring mega-stars Sanaa Lathan as Ashe Akino, Richard Dreyfuss as Arlen Cox and Helen Hunt as Patricia Eamons. The show is filmed in North Carolina’s largest city in Charlotte, where show is filmed extensively in and around the city. During the show’s first season they used locations such as the Charlotte Convention Center for their amazing backgrounds.


Logan Lucky (Film, 2017)

One film that appeared in the box-office is Logan Lucky where shooting took place at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The film crews actually filmed during the running of the actual Coco-Cola 600. The film had starred Hillary Swank, Channing Tatum, Katherine Heigl and Daniel Craig.


Sully (Film, 2016)

North Carolina largest city Charlotte played a prominent and starring role in the film “Sully”. The film starred academy award winner Tom Hanks as Miracle on the Hudson pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. The film’s true story of US Airways Flight 1549, bound to Charlotte from New York City.

The flight was forced to land on the Hudson River after the plane was experiencing multiple bird strikes to its engines upon takeoff from the airport. Many of the passengers on the plane were Charlotte residents, including Red Ventures CEO Ric Elias. If you remember the actual plane that is seen in the film was shot on-site at its permanent resting place at Charlotte’s Carolinas Aviation Museum.



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