Sean Astin shooting new film around Tampa Bay region

“That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.” I was lucky to be in the crowd at Tampa Bay Comic Con several years ago when prolific actor Sean Astin performed the famous speech from The Lord of the Rings. The actor has starred in The Goonies, Stranger Things, Rudy, The Lord of the Rings and so many other film and television productions. The star is currently hopping around the Tampa Bay region for Pet Detective, according to the Tampa Bay Times and confirmed by Film Tampa Bay. This film is also looking for extras. You can view the official casting call here.

The film is a David Yates Production. Yates was also behind the family-favorite hits Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2. According to the casting call, they’re looking for extras through the month of April. The St. Pete-Clearwater region specifically has grown busier and busier the past few years as more productions look to take advantage of the scenery, the weather, and the rebates.

Major film productions flock to Tampa Bay region

The county itself offers a rebate of up to 20% on expenses incurred when shooting in St. Pete Clearwater and Tampa. “There is no state-wide Florida incentive for filmmakers, but this regional programme enables productions to be able to shoot a portion of – or their entire film – in Florida,” said Tony Armer, the film commissioner for St. Pete Clearwater, in a statement.


A long list of fun, romantic productions made use of the area in late 2021 and early 2022. Recent These productions include the romantic drama A Taste of Love, directed by Michael E. Brown and Conrad De La Torres III, and TV movie South Beach Love for Hallmark Channel.

Rom Coms abound at Clearwater Hotels

Lifetime murder mystery DOA At The PTA is currently in post production after filming in the area at the end of 2021. Thrillers Deadly Suspicion and What Lies Beyond The Walls also wrapped filming in the Tampa Bay region.

Romantic comedy The Plus One, starring Ashanti and Cedric the Entertainer, filmed the Sandpearl Resort and the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort, according to the film commission.


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