Hallmark Christmas movie filmed at the Biltmore premieres Nov. 26
One of North Carolina’s most visited assets will be on your television screen this holiday season.
Driving the news: “A Biltmore Christmas” premieres Sunday, Nov. 26, at 8pm on Hallmark Channel as part of the network’s Countdown to Christmas.
Why it matters: As the name implies, the movie was filmed at the historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville. Plus, filming in North Carolina puts a spotlight on the state and means a boost to the state’s economy.
Zoom out: Two projects filmed in Charlotte were recently released: “The Other Zoey,” which used Queens University of Charlotte as its anchor, and “Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure of Foggy Mountain,” which was filmed in NoDa.
- Hallmark also filmed part of its “A Nashville Christmas Carol” in Charlotte.
By the numbers: 300 people from the Asheville area played extras in the movie. More than 8,000 people applied to be cast as extras, a record high, per Hallmark producers.
Details: The film was shot over 13 days at the Biltmore Estate, a Hallmark Media spokesperson tells Axios. Nine rooms inside the estate were used during filming, notably the library and the banquet hall. The Inn on Biltmore Estate was used as well.
- They also shot at Antidote at Chemist Spirits, a bar in downtown Asheville, an apartment in Asheville and at the train station in Hendersonville.
Context: “A Biltmore Christmas” follows screenwriter Lucy Hardgrove, played by Bethany Joy Lenz (you probably know her from “One Tree Hill”).
- Hardgrove is at the Biltmore to do research for a 1947 film she’s rewriting. She travels back in time to the film’s original 1940s set. There she becomes close with actor Jack Huston, played by Kristoffer Polaha.
Of note: The film is a Hallmark Media production. Dustin Rikert is the executive producer. John Putch directed the film. Marcy Holland wrote the script.
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