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South Carolina Gets Ready for Clooney Film

GREENVILLE, 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 region."

The production will spend 45 days shooting in the Greenville area as well as several other upstate locations.