Chattanooga CHOO CHOO! ‘Water for Elephants’ Moving Set to Tennessee?

Chattanooga Sunset

We’ve been hearing the rumors, but now we’re getting more serious reports about Water for Elephants moving filming for 4 days to – of all places – Chattanooga, Tennessee! What’s to be filmed in the dirty south? Check out this casting notice that we found on for casting young kids – possibly the children of Jacob and Marlena?

Feature Film

Casting Director: Sande Alessi Casting-Kristan Berona
Shoot/Start Date: July 30th through August 2nd, 2010
Location: Chattanooga, TN

age 25-50. In good shape, willing to get a haircut (short on the sides). MUST either live in or close to Chattanooga.

Caucasian girls, age 9-11 years old. Caucasian boys age 7-15 years old. Must be willing to get a haircut. MUST either live in or close to Chattanooga.

Thanks to for finding the casting notice. πŸ™‚

  • Linda, Houston, TX

    Will Rob be at this shoot, or is he done?

    • Heather

      I live here and rumor is he will be here those 4 days!!!

  • OutOfMyElement

    I wonder if they did the ‘old’ Jacob scenes yet………………………

    • magicdancer

      I asked this question at a Robert Pattinson Live Journal community and was told Hal Holbrook had done the old Jacob scenes very early in the filming of this movie. I have no proof, but it makes sense that they wouldn’t delay since he’s 85 years old now.

      • OutOfMyElement

        Thanks! I appreciate that info.

  • julie

    will rob gets old in wfe or will an older guy act the part?

    • magicdancer

      Hal Holbrook (who is 85) is playing the older Jacob. He has reportedly already filmed his scenes.

  • this feels so random but if this is true…there must be something in TN that isn’t in CA….this is like a good mystery…hmmmmmmm

    • OutOfMyElement

      If anyone can find out, I know it’s you Tink! I don’t have a copy of the book anymore, but at the end when it describes the life he had with Marlena and the kids, where does it say all that took place? I don’t remember. That might be a clue.

      • TwiMoments

        OutofMyElement ~ Re: book: he says that he was fortunate & took the place of the staff vet at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago ~that they bought a rural property far enough away from the zoo to keep their animals πŸ˜‰

      • Angela

        At the end of the story, it mentions that Jacob became a vet at a Chicago Zoo. It was after Marlena didn’t want to travel with the circus anymore and they would have a few kids at that time. The story also mentiones about Jacob and Marlena owning a “rural properity” outside Chicago.

        Perhaps they use Tennessee as Illinois?

      • I’m on top of that! I’ll report back πŸ˜‰

  • denise

    Only thing I know is that Chatanooga is home of the Chatanooga Choo Choo and historic hotel etc.

  • teresa

    Tenn. is beauiful area just wondering if they will do some of the train action, when they throw some
    of people off the train not dirty some area is really very beauiful and people is very sweet,and kind

  • ndnwmn

    I am so looking forward to this movie wherever they shoot it…share the wealth I say…

    I think that your comment on “the dirty south” was a bit out of line, especially to those who are from the south or currently live there…You might want to rethink those kinds of statements in the future…It’s bad for you and doesn’t reflect well on the movie at hand.

    If I’m out of line, please let me know…maybe this is some “old time saying” that I am not aware of…I’m pretty old and have heard most of them… πŸ™‚

    San Diego, CA

    • “Dirty south” is considered almost a term of endearment in recent pop culture. It was made popular by hip hop artists in the south and is often used with affection for one’s roots. The author of this post is in fact from the “dirty south”…Alabama. No harm intended. Just fun southern jargon from our resident southern belle πŸ˜‰

      • Someone once got angry at me for using “y’all” in a post that was meant for Americans. She was angry and said “not all Americans talk like that. You can’t generalize” πŸ™‚

        As someone who spent a decade in Atlanta I love saying y’all and dirty south…

        You can’t win for losing y’all πŸ™‚

      • okay why is my comment not approved? LMAO πŸ™‚


      • *tackles back*! We got in trouble for the dirty south as well! LOL! Someone took offense to it. Seriously… πŸ™‚

      • i can’t imagine what would happen if we TRIED to be offensive….i’m thinking it might be a generational gap with the term. u know it didnt even register to me? i had to go back and read the post to see when jen said it.

      • I have been walking the “do not offend” line for 2 years now πŸ™‚ And it’s HARD! πŸ˜›

        • i dont know how to react to so much conversation with you…u deprived me for so long…im overwhelmed πŸ˜‰

      • OMG I RAN OVER HERE when I saw GOZ in the comments. ((HUGS)) miss you much! Upon your return to twitter we shall have an RPattz FUG-off in your honour. Ive been saving up some fuglies πŸ˜‰ <3

        oh and I thought Dirty South was a term of endearment.

      • Hey baby!!!! OMG A FUG OFF! That is reason enough to come back to twitter :))

        I miss you guys too! Believe it or not I am at work right now! It’s 8PM, I’ve been here for 12 hours and will probably be here for another 3 hrs. Then I go back home and sleep and come back. The fabulous life of a drug chemist πŸ™
        Anyhoo! OMG, I really really do miss you guys SO much! I have a project deadline for the first week of August, hopefully, after that I’ll work “human” hours and will be back ma bitches! πŸ™‚


        • OMFG!!! she keeps coming back!!! πŸ™‚ this has turned out to be like the best post in the whole world! and a FUG OFF??? i see i’ll have to whip out my GoodFangirl hat and glare at u guys good times!!!! πŸ˜‰

      • I had this page open all day! was waiting for y’all to wake up πŸ™‚ I kept refreshing :))

        Good times… they were good times πŸ™‚

        OKay I do have to go back to making drugs now and they aren’t even “funny” ones πŸ˜›

        Love you both!

        • aw man…and she’s gone….good times shall be had again…we await your twitter return fair lady πŸ˜‰

      • RobsButtonsBabe

        GOZ!!!! miss you sweet heart! <333

    • WastingTheMorning

      I’m from North Carolina and I always call this the “dirty south”. No offense taken at all. It’s a term that is used in a lot of popular music.

  • monique

    of course rob will be there working that is why he cannot go to indid oh well india nezt year eob and kristen will come as MR AND MRS CULLEN NO JACOB

    • RoslynSelene

      This isn’t Twilight(pssst, Rob and Kristen aren’t ‘Cullens’) πŸ˜‰
      It’s Water For Eelephants-Jacob is included.

  • Pure speculation, but based on what y’all said I did some digging. On the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission site is this crew call:

    “A major feature film is looking for experienced carpenters/scenics/greensmen only. The film will be shooting in the Chattanooga, TN region at the end of July 2010.
    The production has asked that all resumes be submitted to the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission by e-mail at or fax at 615-741-5554. The TFEMC does not have production office info to distribute at this time.”

    Doesn’t say what film or the exact dates, but I mean it makes the above extras casting call seem a bit more credible.

  • DaisyCullen

    This is great! If Rob was going to be there, I would so go. Im in Georgia. and a true Southerner and the “Dirty South” comment did NOT offend me at all. It kinda made me smile a little. People just have to have something to say. Dont take things so seriously. Well said Tink, I agree.

  • chico’s mama

    DIRTY SOUTH? i beg your pardon. speaking from nashville, i wonder why you would diss our beautiful state. by the way, you do know that reese is from right here in nashville,right?

    • I’m from the dirty south! That’s just what it’s called! There’s freakin’ songs that say that. Sorry you are offended, but as a fellow southerner, I DO DECLARE. lol πŸ˜‰

  • evelyn

    AWW! I wanted them to come to ill. oh well, does anyone know the release date for WFE?

  • LeslieHeartsRob

    OMG!!!!!!!! I live in Chattanooga!!!!!!!!

    A little history….The Chattanooga Choo Choo is, in fact, and actual place. It was the main station in town and has since been converted into a hotel. During, prior, and even after the Civil War, Chattanooga was known as the “Gateway to the South”. Everything had to come through here first to get to Atlanta mostly, but just about anywhere else on farther down too. You still have to drive through here on your way to Atlanta…

    We have the TN Railroad Museum…which still operates passenger trains…and LOTS of train yards. There are railroad tracks everywhere in this city!!

    The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is also here. It was founded in the late 1800’s ( I think) as the University of Chattanooga before it joined the UT system. There are still several original buildings that could be used for filming…being that they are not modern in structure…Race/Hooper Hall is even haunted…=)

    • Tess

      OMG I live in chattanooga too!!! do you think theyll be filming at the chattanooga choo choo? thats where i plan on going! are you going anywhere??

    • Kel

      I live in Nashville and didnt know about the history so I thank you for that bit of info….interesting to know.

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  • christina

    I’m gonna have to follow this closely.I live about 3 hours from chattanooga,and if Rob is gonna be here filming I might seriously have to be a set soilder.oh and the whole “Dirty South” comment didn’t offend me.I was born and raised in TN and I say it all the time.I think a lot of my generation does.I’m 23.

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  • Chelsvol27

    oh maaaaaaaaahhhhhhh if Christoph is gonna be there (unlikely) it’s gonna be a straight shot from Knoxville for me. Go dirty south, baby!

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  • Callie

    I live about 30 minutes away from Chatt. down in Georgia. Chattanooga is really beautiful. I hope that Rob is going to be there!!

  • Julie

    I live an hour & half from Chattanooga and all of my fam still live there (it’s where I grew up). I should tell my sister to have my niece be an extra. πŸ˜€

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  • Jodie

    I’m LOVING what I assume is a generation gap issue about Tennessee being called “The Dirty South”.

    Urban Dictionary entry for “Dirty South”

    Nickname for the Southeastern U.S states; North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Texas (Not southeast but still part of the dirty dirty), Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi. Major cities are; Atlanta, Charleston, Houston, Montgomery, Miami, etc

  • Linda

    I’m in Memphis and there is an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. It is in Hohenwald which I think is closer to Nashville than Chattanooga. Probably unrelated to the movie but a good place to film a little elephant activity if needed!

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  • denise

    I live about 30 minutes from Chattanooga- great news! Cool place to be even though it is nearly 100 degrees here now-

  • I live in Chattanooga and no one ever comes here! I cant believe Robert Pattinson is coming here!!!! I plan on going to set and hoping to meet him!! I think theyll be filming at the Chattanooga Choo Choo but if anyone has any details where and when hes filming thatd be fantastic!!!!
    And Chattanooga is a beautiful place and I take no offense to the term dirty south, I mean we are in the!

  • Teresalakegirl

    What do they mean by dirty south? I live in the south and it’s no ” dirtier” than the many places I’ve been in the North, out West, or Europe!

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  • chico’s mama

    i have lived in the south all my life, (60 yrs.) except for a few years in spokane,wa. and i have never heard the expression “dirty south” if you live in the south and call it that,thats all you, but some of us never would.

    • Jodie

      As a couple people have pointed out in previous comments, I’m pretty sure “dirty south” is a newer colloquialism made especially popular with modern music. This term is likely being used mostly by people 40 and under. It is not meant in an offensive way and those who do use the term, do so in an endearing way. Much like earlier generations didn’t understand when kids started saying things like “let’s rap” meaning they’d like to talk to each other, or when Michael Jackson released “Bad” which really meant “Awesome”.

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  • Kim

    OMG!!! I’m from the Tri-Cities area and I’m going to CHATTANOOGA…Choo! Choo! I love this book. I wonder if Rob will be there??????

  • This is the VERY first time I remember the term “dirty south. ” And I just spent 15 minutes finding this, but those who don’t know it can finally see how it’s used!

    Aw, I miss Aaliyah. πŸ™ Now I’m #sadpanda.

  • ndnwmn

    Wow…I got home from work and most of my mail consisted of the “dirty south”comment…If you read my original statement I did end it by saying
    that if this was a “new” thing…I had not heard it, and it looks like that the
    consenus is that it’s “okay” with those southern folks…So it’s good enough
    for me…I have not been to or lived in the south, but my roots go back there
    for many generations…So…YaY….
    Now lets get back to WFE and what’s going on with that…

    San Diego CA

  • chico’s mama

    maybe you guys are right. guess its a age/rap music thing. i like some hip hop and all kinds of music but i can’t take that expression as something good. but to each his own. peace

    • Jessica

      actually, I agree with you. Even if it’s meant in a nice way, it’s a generalized negative.

  • Jackalyn

    YEA! I live in Chattanooga, and my kids are the right ages for the call!

    We have had other period movies filmed here (parts of Leather heads, the Clooney/Zellweger football movie was filmed here). We have plenty of railroads, and old stations, lots of country, and parts of this area look untouched by time. I hear it is rather inexpensive to film here, and have seen many lower budget movies filming here.

    Plus, Chattanooga is a beautiful place with a rich history. Civil war (The Battle above the clouds), Native American (trail of tears), and of course, the Choo Choo. Besides the fact that we have a great local music scene, an aquarium, and lots of art, we have several art museums and outdoor art all over our downtown area. We also have the Tennessee river running through our downtown, and are surrounded by mountains!

    If you don’t know much about Chattanooga, you should Google it, I love this city!!

    • Jessica

      How right you are. Chattanooga is a beautiful town with lots going on: music, art, outdoor sports. The river is amazing.

  • taylorknows

    I put my name as taylorknows cause I do know. I know where they will be filming AND where they will be eating. I only know that they ARE filming at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. This is because there are some pretty old trains there (I do live in Chattanooga and have been there multiple times). Also, I found out today they will be eating at the church I attend. I got a little over excited when I heard, but I couldn’t help myself. I hope they’re filming in other places here too!

  • Kel

    Does anyone have a confirmed location?? Some are saying filming will take place in Chattanooga, however, Ive heard “”The film will actually not be in Chattanooga. It’s actually about 20-30 miles away in a place called Maclemores Cove. I know this because I live about a Mile away from the filming site””
    Can anyone help confirm this??

  • Kel

    Does anyone have a confirmed location?? Some are saying filming will take place in Chattanooga, however, Ive heard β€œβ€The film will actually not be in Chattanooga. It’s actually about 20-30 miles away in a place called Maclemores Cove. I know this because I live about a Mile away from the filming site””
    Can anyone help confirm this??

  • Brandon Carruth

    When is the casting for 7-15 year old boys

    • Melinda Marin

      If you read in an earlier post from last week they confirm that was a leak and they have already cast the parts..sorry. I was bummed too because my son just started in acting and i wanted to have him audition. πŸ™

  • Jonathan Harris

    I responded to the call for 25-50 year old caucasian men, does anyone know if they have finished casting, or know of anyone who has been cast?

  • Renee

    SO I just heard on the local news that WFE will be filming somewhere in Walker County (on Friday July 30), Chickamauga is the city and ppl have already found the place and started taking pictures but I have not heard the exact location. Also they will be filming the remainder around the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

  • I don’t suppose which you might have the ability to turn this post into a video post? I’ve a tough time studying on my laptop or computer and also a video would be much greater for me.

  • Jessica

    Excuse me, but who wrote “the dirty south”? Oh, I guess it was a fan of the production team that writes a local casting call that specifies only caucasians need apply. sheesh.

    • Jessica

      Okay, I’m watching the video. So, you’re off the hook for making what I thought was a regional slur. apologies for jumping to a conclusion.