Nicholas Sparks’ ‘The Choice’ premieres, local actors and film workers attend


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s film industry has taken a hit since a film grant replaced tax incentives. But locals in the film industry seemed hopeful the industry will pick up as they checked out the premiere of a Nicholas Sparks’ movie which was filmed in the Cape Fear.

The romance drama called The Choice is about an unlikely couple trying to see how far each other will go to keep their love alive. It premiered Thursday night in Wilmington.

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The Cape Fear’s beautiful waterways and land marks, set the scene for The Choice. The Choice wasn’t only filmed at some familiar locations like the Dockside restaurant and the Intrac+oastal Water Way at Wrightsville Beach , but it also featured locals as extras and had local crew members.

Some of the film’s background actors and crew members got together to check out the film at Mayfaire.

“I love seeing myself in movies. Some people don’t like seeing themselves but I love it,” said Charlotte Jelinovic about being an extra in the film.

“It’s always really exciting to be at the premiere but especially when you see yourself for one brief shining moment,” said Linda Ryan who was another background actor in the film.

Marty Siu, the film’s extras casting director, said it’s good to see a North Carolina film hit theaters, especially since lawmakers took away film incentives forcing many actors and crew members to work out of state.

“When tax incentives for filmmaking were taken away from North Carolina it hurt a lot of us crews members, about four thousand of us,” said Siu.  “My last two jobs I had to go back and forth to Savanna Georgia. Commuting back and forth to Georgia has been very difficult.”

TNT’s Good Behavior and the History Channel’s Six are planned to be filmed in the Cape Fear. Siu said she is beginning work on Six in March.