Feature Film to be Shot in Hopewell

September 9, 2015 / Archived News/ City of Hopewell

By Shelby Mertens, The Progress-Index

HOPEWELL — The new feature-length movie “Imperium,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, will be filmed in Hopewell this fall.

Charlie Dane, assistant city manager for the City of Hopewell, made the announcement at last night's City Council meeting.

In the film, Radcliffe — famous for his role in the “Harry Potter” movies —stars as an FBI agent based on a true story. His character goes under cover to disrupt a local terrorist group's effort to make a dirty bomb.

There is an immediate casting call for 200-300 local extras. All ages of men, women and families are encouraged to send front and side head shots along with height, weight and body measurements to

Filming will start as early as September 20th and is scheduled to be completed in Hopewell by October 7th.

Dane said “nearly all” of the film will be shot at 15 locations around the city. The remainder of the movie will be filmed in various locations in Virginia, including Richmond.

The Virginia Film Office routinely visits Hopewell and other localities across the state.

“We have been trying to build a relationship with the Virginia Film Office,” said Dane. “Traditionally the only time they showed up was if it was something period involving the Civil War because of City Point and so forth, but we believe we have so much more to offer,” he said.