If you were one of the many people who saw Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 in theaters you probably saw a teaser trailer for JJ Abrams upcoming film Super 8. The footage generated a lot of buzz, which was amazing considering none of it was from the actual movie. When Abrams spoke at this year’s Comic-Con he said that they hadn’t begun production yet, and there was no footage, so perhaps the trailer was shot specifically to get people talking.

According to Production Weekly, Super 8 will be filmed in Weirton, West Virginia in September. He along with the cast and crew, which includes producer Steven Spielberg will set up shop to shoot their top secret sci-fi film. Apparently, they want to keep it under wraps because locals have received notifications that a movie called Little Darlings will be shot in their city.

According to The Associated Press, “Residents in Weirton Heights got letters informing them Paramount Pictures plans to shoot a movie called “Darlings” in their neighborhood. It revolves around a 14-year-old boy and is set in a steel town in 1979.”

Production is said to last anywhere between two or three months.

The mystery regarding this project doesn’t stop with one fake name. Another report from the site WOWK, claims that Paramount is shooting a film called Wickham about “a group of teenagers who spend summers together and share the struggles of growing older, according to the news release.”

There was also a full casting announcement released for roles in the movie(s) that we previously posted back in May.

  • JOSH: Male 13-14. Josh is cute, but could be on the scrawny side – definitely not the school jock. Loveable, empathetic, smart and interesting. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.
  • COLLIN: Male 13-14. Slightly, or more than slightly, overweight. Collin is confident, driven, optimistic and a natural leader. Must have a great sense of humor. Should have a Midwestern feel.
  • NATALIE: Female 13-14. A natural beauty – she is stunning, but not the “cheerleader” type. Strong and confident, but has an underlying sadness. Should have a Midwestern feel.

This is a lot of information to take in. If Abrams and Spielberg are going through all this trouble to keep the film top secret they must be up to something revolutionary.

Are you surprised by the extremes they’re going to for this movie? Do you think it’s over the top?