George Clooney, along with co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Hugh Laurie, are expected to be in the North Okanagan over the next few weeks filming a Disney movie near Enderby. The project is entitled â€˜Tomorrowland'.
Local resident Terri Grubisic drove past a massive movie set on the backroads several days ago, its two large cranes visible for a significant distance.
"I don't think they've started filming yet. I heard (the Hollywood stars) were already here. I heard it's got something to do with the cornfields. They were waiting for the corn to grow and then they were supposed to be coming back. The corn has grown," she said.
"I just drove down that road and said: 'Oh, that's where it is.' I didn't snoop because I just happened to be driving by."
However, Grubisic admitted she hasn't seen anyone famous - yet.
Staff at the Splatsin Nation band office also heard the movie set was near Grindrod. Staff there and at the Enderby Chamber of Commerce heard Clooney and Johnson had been spotted in the Enderby IGA on June 17 and that they were in the North Okanagan for a month.
On June 14, EZ Rock radio station reported Clooney and Johnson had been spotted in Grindrod and in Enderby. "They are filming in the area and have attended a few businesses in the area."
And on Twitter, it was reported that "Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie has already started building a massive set in the Okanagan for August."
CinemaBlend.com reported that filming on Tomorrowland "is getting underway this Friday."
According to the website, the sci-fi adventure can be compared to Steven Spielberg's Strange Encounters of the Third Kind. Judy Greer is re-uniting with Clooney after both appeared in David O. Russell's war film Three Kings and then again in Alexander Payne's The Descendents.
Damon Lindelof, who wrote the script, tweeted last Wednesday: "Off to Vancouver to start production on a little movie the day after today."
CinemaBlend.com says: "The movie involves a rebellious young woman named Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) who approaches an inventor (Clooney) to help her on a special quest. Hugh Laurie is set to play the movie's central antagonist and Raffey Cassidy is going to play a 'kid robot.'"
Jon Summerland, film commissioner with the Okanagan Film Commission, could not confirm or deny any of the rumours.