Lauren Sternberg

Build it and they will come. Well in this case, offer an irresistible film-incentive package and you’ve got the likes of Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman and Courtney Cox hanging out in Michigan this summer because their movies are filming in Detroit.

Movies set to film in or around Detroit this summer:

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Who/What: Both John Cho and Kal Penn return to the third in the Harold & Kumar series of movies. According to an article in, Neil Patrick Harris will also return.

Locations: The production filmed in West Bloomfield for three weeks in July. It also filmed at the Somerset Collection and the Detroit Opera House.

Machine Gun Preacher
Who/What: Gerard Butler was in Detroit in July to star in a movie about Sam Childers, a former drug dealer/biker who helped Sudanese orphans. The movie also stars Michelle Monaghan.

Locations: According to several sources, the production filmed at several locations in Melvindale, including Hearthside Mobile Home Park, Allendale Elementary and Jakes Crossroads Bar. It also filmed at Red Holman Pontiac, Schoolcraft Community College in Garden City and Stockdale’s Bar on Michigan Avenue in Wayne.

More Information: According to, the production was also looking to cast “chubby babies” from the Metro-Detroit area.

Real Steel
Who/What: Hugh Jackman was about town in July to play a robot-boxing promoter in the futuristic movie Real Steel. The movie also explores the relationship between Jackman's character and his 11-year-old son.
Locations: The production filmed at the Detroit Fire Department Headquarters, Nicholson Terminal & Dock, and the gravel pits in Oxford.

Scream 4
Who/What: Courtney Cox, David Arquette and Neve Campbell are back in the latest installment of Scream.

Locations: The production filmed in July at Hutzel Women's Hospital in Detroit and the New Chapter Bookstore & Bistro in Northville, as well as Livonia, Ann Arbor and Dearborn. Downtown Plymouth stood in for the fictional Woodsboro on July 19th and 20th.


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