SC Universal Pictures has chosen to film a new romantic
comedy starring Oscar winners George Clooney and Renee Zellweger
in Greenville, SC. Leatherheads will begin production
in February 2007 at a number of locations throughout the Upstate.
Clooney will not only star in and direct the film but also serves
as one of Leatherheads' writers.
Leatherheads follows Clooney as Dodge Connelly, a
swaggering, aging football hero who convinces a college football
star to join him in the ragtag pro league beginning to catch on
in America during the 1920s. However, the two become quick rivals
once outspoken reporter Lexie Littleton (Zellweger) inserts herself
into the game.
"A production of this caliber coming to South Carolina is
proof positive that our work this year in pushing for more aggressive
incentives will continue to pay big dividends for our state,"
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford said. "This production
will bring a host of benefits to South Carolina, from the multiplier
effect the project creates for local businesses to the way it promotes
our state as a tourism destination."
"Since Governor Sanford pushed for our new film incentives,
we have had remarkable success in attracting the film industry to
South Carolina, with eight projects announced since July,"
said Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor. "Film productions play
an important role in strengthening our state's economy and we are
pleased that the local businesses in the Upstate will benefit from
the positive economic impact that this production will add to the
The production will spend 45 days shooting in the Greenville area
as well as several other upstate locations.