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Trigiani making movie of ‘Big Stone Gap’ novel in namesake town

September 19th, 2013 11:25 pm by Stephen Igo

Trigiani making movie of ‘Big Stone Gap’ novel in namesake town


BIG STONE GAP — A taste of Tinseltown is coming to Big Stone Gap before the end of the year.

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday announced that best-selling author Adriana Trigiani, who grew up in Big Stone Gap, is returning to shoot the film version of her novel by the same title.

“The novel ‘Big Stone Gap’ is Adriana Trigiani’s heartwarming tribute to her early life in Southwest Virginia,” McDonnell said in a press release issued Thursday from his office. “We are proud of her continuing success as a writer and are thrilled that her uplifting tribute to her hometown will be brought to life on the screen.”

Trigiani said her hometown “and its wonderful residents will always hold a special place in my heart. I am delighted that I will be able to revisit my home in the mountains of Southwest Virginia to shoot the film version of my novel.”

Word has it that Trigiani is already in the area. 

Virginia Film Office Director Andy Edmunds said his office has been working with the author for several years on the film project “and couldn’t be happier that it will be made in Virginia.”

The governor’s office said filming is to begin this fall and with autumn officially set to begin on Sunday, that means filming ought to begin fairly soon.

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