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Colin Firth and Emily Blunt to shoot film in Triangle


Research Triangle Region, N.C. -- The Triangle Regional Film Commission is pleased to announce that the feature motion picture ARTHUR NEWMAN, GOLF PRO, starring Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”, “Mama Mia!”, “Bridget Jones’s Diary”) and Emily Blunt (“The Adjustment Bureau”, “The Devil Wears Prada,”) will shoot scenes in Raleigh and Durham in mid-November. The film will be directed by Dante Ariola from an original script by Becky Johnston.

After working with the film’s producers for several months and guiding them through two extensive location searches, the Triangle Regional Film Commission along with the North Carolina Film Office helped find several locations that exactly fit their needs. “The Triangle Regional Film Commission was a great help and we look forward to shooting in the Triangle area,” said Executive Producer Lisa Bruce. Loren Gold, Executive Vice President of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau added “We are very appreciative of the hard work done by the Triangle Regional Film Commission to bring film production economic impact and this exciting opportunity to our area.”

The film marks the highly anticipated feature directorial debut of Dante Ariola, the acclaimed commercials director who has won numerous awards for his innovative work with global brands including Coca Cola, Adidas, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Lexus, ESPN, Volkswagen, XM Radio. He has twice been nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s prestigious Director of the Year award, and has won the Cannes Gold Lion, advertising’s highest honor, for his work on behalf of Budget Rent-A-Car.

Wallace Avery (Firth) hates his job. His ex-wife and son hate him, and he’s blown his one shot at living his dream. Not wanting to face all this, he stages his own death and buys himself a new identity as Arthur Newman. However, Arthur’s road trip towards a new life is interrupted by the arrival of the beautiful but fragile Mike (Blunt) who is also trying to leave her past behind. Drawn to one another, these two damaged souls begin to connect as they break into empty homes and take on the identities of the absent owners: elderly newlyweds, a high-roller and his Russian lady, among others. Through their time together Arthur and Mike discover that what they love most about each other are the identities they left at home, and their real journey, that of healing, begins.

Becky Johnston and Alisa Tager are producing the film in conjunction with Mac Cappuccino through his Vertebra Films banner and Brian Oliver from Cross Creek Pictures. Lisa Bruce, Natalie Hill and James Holt are serving as executive producers. Vertebra Films is financing.