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Part of new Nicholas Sparks film to be shot at Wake Forest University

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Scenes for the latest Nicholas Sparks film will be filmed in Winston-Salem early next month, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

“The Longest Ride” is being shot predominantly in the Wilmington area, but filmmakers will come to Winston-Salem to shoot exterior and interior scenes on the Wake Forest campus on Aug. 4, according to a statement sent to the campus community from the Communications and External Relations department.

Filming is also planned for the interior of Joel Coliseum on other dates.

The film is based on a 2013 novel by the popular author Sparks, whose previous work includes “The Notebook,” “Message in a Bottle,” “Safe Haven” and “Nights in Rodanthe,” the film adaptation of which was shot in coastal areas of North Carolina.

The cast for “Longest Ride” includes Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda, Jack Huston, and Oona Chaplin of “Game of Thrones.” It is not clear which actors will be part of the Winston-Salem shoot, though Robertson plays Sophia Danko, a Wake Forest college senior in the story. The movie is scheduled to debut in April 2015.

“The filming will bring crewmembers, actors and extras to campus, along with numerous large trucks and other vehicles,” according to the statement about the filming on Wake Forest’s campus. “Final details are now being settled on precisely what areas will be occupied.”

The one-day film shoot will likely require closings or partial closings of some parking lots, detours of traffic on one or more campus roads, and other temporary changes.

Much of the filming will take place on or near Hearn Plaza, according to the statement. “No closings of any buildings or businesses on Hearn Plaza are planned. Filming likely will occur, also, in one classroom building, but that location has not been finalized.”

Additional information about the film shoot will be sent to students, faculty and staff later in July.


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