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OLD FORT, N.C. — A North Carolina mountain town is in the spotlight as production begins on a new movie staring Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Kristin Wiig.

WLOS-TV reported that Old Fort residents gathered near the old Ethan Allen warehouse earlier this week, hoping to catch a glimpse of movie stars and the production.

The “Untitled Armored Car Movie” is based on a multi-million dollar robbery in Charlotte in 1997.

Resident Teillia Smith said she is excited about production and brought her two children to the movie filming site.

Old Fort mayor Rick Hensley said the movie production is one of the best things to happen to the town of 902 people in a long time.

Hensley said he isn’t sure why movie producers chose Old Fort as a site to film. But, he says a campaign promoting Old Fort’s rich history and availability of empty warehouses may have helped.

Hensley says the movie will resume filming in Old Fort on July 25th , 31st and August 6-8th.