Principle photography on J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 begins this week in Weirton, West Virginia where the production has taken root - one of Weirton's locals has taken some pictures. Weirton will serve as "Lillian Heights" in Super 8’s Lillian, Ohio, as you can see the production design team is going for a small town Amblin film feel.
Shouldn’t be too hard with Steven Spielberg sitting in the producer’s seat. Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler recently joined the film.
Aintitcool.com have this report with the photos.
A buddy of mine snagged some pictures from the area where Super 8 begins shooting this week...in the Marland Heights area of Weirton, WV. Attached are photo’s of: The “Lillian Heights Pharmancy” ; “Lillian Heights Post Office” ; Interior shots of the Lillian Heights 7-11 & Post Office (once a Marland Heights Market & Ice Cream Shop) ; Lillian Middle School (once an old Marland Heights Primary School) and some shots of the 70’s era buses behind the building ; Arcade from downtown Lillian, OH (actually shot in the older section of Main Street, Weirton, WV) ; Used Car Sales lot in the same vicinity. The last photo is the older area of Weirton, where the Arcade, Used Car Lot and most of the city shots will be taking place downtown. Filming begins this week in the Marland Heights and there will be night shots around the school area. The casting calls are being sent out between Sept 20th and the end of October so we’re hoping that sometime in the next couple weeks we hear something and be a part of Hollywood! Enjoy the photo’s, we’ll see if we can get some shots of cast or crew in the coming weeks! If ya use this, I’m Cookie and my buddy’s name is 3Huck, thanks AICN!