Hollywood arrives in Wolverhampton to film Caitlin Moran movie in city

By Dayna Farrington | Entertainment | Published:

It was lights, camera, action in Wolverhampton as filming took place in the city for a movie based on Caitlin Moran’s best-selling novel, How To Build A Girl.

Beanie Feldstein is starring in the movie version of Caitlin Moran's novel How To Build A Woman. Picture: Rob Latour/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

The cast and crew of the film were on location on the Warstones estate – near to where the Wolverhampton writer grew up.

And there was a touch of Hollywood glamour in the city, as Beanie Feldstein, the sister of American movie star Jonah Hill, arrived for filming yesterday.

The cast later moved to shoot scenes in in the city centre, near to the Civic buildings, and Wolverhampton train station.

The Monumental Pictures film, based on Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel, stars Beanie as the lead character Johanna Morrigan and is set partly in Wolverhampton in the early 1990s.

Filming How to Build a Girl in Wolverhampton with Beanie. Picture: Kirstin Hogg

Beanie is best known for her role in the comedy film Bad Neighbours 2, which also featured Zac Effron, who shot to fame in High School Musical, and Seth Rogen.

Her A-lister brother Jonah Hill has starred in a number of comedy roles, and also appeared alongside Leonardo Di Carprio in the Oscar-nominated smash Wolf of Wall Street.

The American actress even spent a number of days working in a shop in the city centre to perfect her Black Country accent and said it was great to be returning to the city to shoot scenes for the film.


She said: “I love being here in Wolverhampton – I am so happy to come back.

"I spent 10 days working here beforehand and it was literally the best experience.

"I felt like there was no real way for me to understand the accent without coming and immersing myself with it.

"It’s such a warm place. I am so happy we shot some scenes here.


Beanie Feldstein with her Hollywood superstar brother Jonah Hill and fellow actor Seth Rogen. Picture: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock

"I felt like I was responsible to represent Wolverhampton in this film and I hope I have done them proud.”

Bonnie-Chance Roberts, head of film at Monumental Pictures, added: “It’s really nice to be shooting in the city.

“It’s also quite nice to be shooting around the corner from where Caitlin grew up herself.

"While we have been filming in Wolverhampton everyone has been so friendly. Wolverhampton is a massive character in this story.

“It was really important to all of us to film and come to Wolverhampton.”

The film, due for release in 2019 by Lionsgate, also stars Alfie Allen, Paddy Considine and Sarah Solemani, and is directed by Coky Giedroyc.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.


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