PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Depending on the weather, the movie production crew for “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” will be back on the Parkway West until about 7 a.m. Friday morning. Motorists should be ready for some rolling closures. It’s just one of their locations around town.
A camera light picks up Emma Watson’s face for a flash in front the Wyndam Grand Hotel in downtown. The 21-year-old British actress best known for her role as smart girl Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies had been shooting on the Parkway West all night.
While cast and crew slept, Nancy Mosser Casting worked in Lawrenceville. They have been responsible for hiring some speaking parts and 2,500 extras for the movie.
“Just a lot of high school students is what we’re looking for – the young, fresh faces,” says Katie Shenot, a casting director.
Nancy Mosser agrees that this is shaping up to be a phenomenal summer for Pittsburgh as a location.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to book a lot of extras and hire a lot of actors and it should be a great summer,” she said.
“And my husband says to me, ‘I think that John Malkovich in the front yard,’” Donna Gisleson said, pulled over her red VW Bug.
It was Malkovich. A neighborhood in Upper St. Clair was the backdrop for much of “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” for more than a week. The film is based on the bestseller written by Stephen Chobsky who grew up here and is directing. Donna loved watching her kids watch the movie-making.
“Watching them meet Emma Watson, and Logan, and just seeing their reaction – that was it,” she said.
The Pittsburgh Film Office says another movie called “Steel Town” is doing location work in the Hill District. In late July and August, director Christopher Nolan and his all-star cast for the new “Batman: The Dark Knight Rises” will arrive.