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image Two scenes for the film “Don Verdean: Biblical Archaeologist” were filmed in Tooele.

March 11, 2014
Tooele is filming location for new Hollywood movie

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.

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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