Members of the media record Rita McClenny, President of the Virginia Film Office, and CEO, Virginia Tourism Corporation, in yellow coat, center, as she speaks at the launching ceremony of the Lincoln Movie Trail at the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

The pilot for a new streaming series produced by Imagine Television Studios and CBS Television Studios will film in central Virginia this summer, Gov. Ralph Northam announced in a statement Monday.

Although the release did not reveal the name or subject matter of the series, the project could refer to “Swagger,” a streaming series about youth basketball based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant recently picked up by Apple, as reported on the Hollywood Reporter.

The Virginia Film Office declined to comment on the title or subject of the project, due to the client’s request.

An open casting call has been posted to the Virginia Film Office’s website at www.film.virginia.org for over 25 roles such as an African American coach in his 60s, an African American eighth-grade girl and a white start-up CEO in his 40s, among many others.

“We warmly welcome the pilot’s talented cast and crew to our Commonwealth, and the opportunity to play a role in putting new stories on screen,” Northam said in the statement.

Although he could not comment on the nature of the project specifically, Andy Edmunds, CEO of the Virginia Film Office, is hopeful that the series will be picked up and bring returning jobs to the local film industry.

“With the nature of this show, the pedigree of the filmmakers and companies involved, and the fact that episodic content can create great jobs year after year, this is a project that any state would be excited to host,” Edmunds said.

“For anybody who wants to get a job in the film industry [in Virginia], this summer and into the fall, this is a good time to do it,” said Edmunds, referring to two other projects filming in Virginia.

A spinoff of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will also be filming in central Virginia this summer, as well as a Showtime series starring Ethan Hawke.


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Colleen Curran covers arts and entertainment for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She writes the weekly column Top Five Weekend Events.

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