Keep a close eye on movie screens next year for a familiar backdrop.
Tooele was in front of the camera for two scenes from “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess’ latest comedy Friday. For the first, camera crews invaded the old Tooele County Detention Center for a jail scene. For the other, patrol vehicles marked “Cobalt County Sheriff” and “Cobalt Police” drove around Tooele City’s streets.
The movie, “Don Verdean: Biblical Archaeologist,” is early in its production, but follows an archaeologist (Sam Rockwell) who gets into some hot water after falsifying findings, according to the film’s page on the Internet Movie Database.
Producer Brandt Andersen said the largely Utah-based crew suggested looking at Tooele City as a possible filming location, and the jail really cinched the decision to film locally.
Andersen said if production keeps on schedule, “Don Verdean” is expected to begin premiering in theaters and film festivals in about a year.