It’s becoming the worst kept secret in town, but there’s still a lot of mystery surrounding a major Hollywood movie.
It’s believed Disney’s Tomorrowland is being partially shot in Enderby, Grindrod and Armstrong. The science fiction film stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.
“I know a bunch of guys are staying at Fortune’s Landing and they are coming in here for breakfast,” said Greg McCune, with Sutherland’s Bakery in Enderby.
“They were building sets early and picking stuff up at the hardware store.”
There have also been reports of crew members stopping at the Riverfront Pub in Grindrod.
Much of the action will apparently focus in a corn field.
The publicist for Tomorrowland could not be reached for comment and the Okanagan Film Commission is reluctant to say anything.
“All I can confirm is a large movie is being shot in the region and there will be a significant impact in the community,” said John Trainor, Okanagan Film Commission chairperson.
Enderby’s business leaders have even been kept in the dark.
“We have no official word of anything,” said Corinne Peard, Enderby Chamber of Commerce general manager.
But even the speculation is raising the media profile of Enderby, Armstrong and Grindrod.
“We’re getting a lot of attention right now,” said Peard.
McCune believes a big-budget film will have a number of long-term benefits for the community, particularly by increasing the region’s profile.
“As they get the filming going, it will be really exciting,” said McCune, who is an Enderby councillor.
Parts of Tomorrowland are also being filmed in Vancouver and the movie is expected to be released in December 2014.