The push to bring more Hollywood movies to Minnesota

If you see Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson around town in the upcoming weeks, don't be shocked.

The veteran actor will be in town filming his new movie "Wilson", starting later this week.

There was a time when Minnesota attracted a lot of Hollywood movies. Now there is a new push to bring more of Tinsel Town to the Gopher State.

Hot off "True Detective", Woody Harrelson will begin filming a movie here starting later this week. The movie, named "Wilson" is based on a graphic novel by Ghost World Writer Daniel Clowes and is about an opinionated jerk who tries to reconcile with his ex-wife, played by Laura Dern, and meets a daughter he never knew he had.

"It's an urban setting. There are tons of locations available. Two downtowns. Everything you are looking for in a moderate to big city is here," said Lucinda Winter who is the executive director of the Minnesota Film & TV Board.

Along with other films like "Dear White People", which was shot at the University of Minnesota, "Wilson" is taking advantage of the State's "snowbate" program. The program reimburses productions up to 25% of their costs if they film in Minnesota.

The state film board says up-coming projects like a new Netflix series starring comedian Maria Bamford, that starts shooting in Duluth this fall, will pump millions of dollars into the local economy.

"This is the new manufacturing. Sure there's glitz and glamour factors but they are here because they believe they can get the job done," said Winter.

At Snuffy's Malt Shop in Roseville, a handful of employees will be extras in "Wilson". They say the chance to appear on the silver screen with Woody Harrelson is a golden opportunity not to be missed.

"It's definitely cool to see a place in the Twin Cities get on the big screen," said Snuffy's employee Riley Uhl.

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