Movie Shoot At Space Camp Could Bring Big Bucks To Rocket City

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) Filming for the "Space Warriors" movie at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center is nearly finished, but the economic impact the movie will have on the local economy will be felt for years to come.

The film is set for release sometime next year, and centers around a teenage boy who gets a chance to fulfill his dream of going to Space Camp. Officials at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center say the movie will be seen across the country and possibly the world.

"It is going to be a 90 minute advertisement for us and for the entire community," Dr. Deborah Barnhart said.

Most of the cast has been in town filming for the last few weeks.  Director Sean McNamara says “Space Warriors” is a movie that will inspire.  “Our dream is to get kids interested in going to space. That’s what Space Camp is all about,” said McNamara. “There are people who are basketball stars, football stars, sports stars all over, but how many people really want to get into math and science and go to space, and that’s what this film is all about.”

The “Space Warriors” cast includes Danny Glover, Josh Lucas, Thomas Horn, Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and Booboo Stewart, who has been in the Twilight movies.

Those stars along with the crew of nearly 150 people have lived in the Rocket City, shopped in local stores and filled hotel rooms.

"Every dollar that comes into our community with a movie like this multiplies by three times,"  Barnhart told WHNT News 19 Friday.

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