The feature movie "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was filmed in several locations near Asheville, including many days in downtown Sylva (mostly May 2-20, 2016). The movie has an impressive list of stars and will be released in theaters starting on November 10, 2017. It should make it to Asheville on November 22, and then all towns December 1. They will also filmed near Black Mountain and in Maggie Valley.
Many locals enjoyed watching the filming on Main Street. Above, Sheriff Woody Harrelson restrains Deputy Sam Rockwell. Woody was very accommodating for photos and chatting with fans between takes.
In downtown Sylva, several buildings had their facades transformed for locations in the movie, including the local newspaper "The Ebbing Herald" and the Ebbing Police Department complete with patrol cars out front. Sightseers gathered on nearby street corners to watch the action and meet some of the stars.
Writer-Director Martin McDonagh says that Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is about Mildred Hayes, a 50-year-old woman (Francis McDormand) whose daughter is murdered. She goes to war with the town police (Sheriff Woody Harrelson), because she thinks they are more interested in torturing black people than getting justice. Evidently, she rents three billboards in the town to tell her story - hence the movie name. Oscar-winner Martin McDonagh wrote and directed In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Six Shooter (2004).
Woody Harrelson doesn't need an introduction. In 1985, he debuted his role as Woody on Cheers that earned him five Emmy Award nominations and one win. Frances McDormand is one of the few actors to obtain the "Triple Crown of Acting" with an Academy Award for Fargo, Tony Award for Good People and Emmy Award for Olive Kitteridge. Sam Rockwell plays Officer Jason Dixon.
Historic downtown Sylva is the perfect filming location to portray small town America. Asheville and the western North Carolina mountains have been the film locations for many movies.
See our list of movie locations in Western North Carolina.