Miley Cyrus Disney movie to be filmed in Savannah

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Forrest Gump, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, those were all filmed in the Coastal Empire. Now, Savannah is back in the movie business.

This a huge economic boost at the best possible time, perfect timing.

Film production brought in seven million dollars to the local economy last year, and Savannah has already passed that mark this year.

The new Disney production, "The Last Song," starring Miley Cyrus, will pump eight million dollars into the area alone. The news has young girls all over the area, and far away, buzzing.

Let "Miley-mania" in Savannah begin.

Around the world, and in Savannah, Cyrus has a legion of young fans.

"I wish I would see her today," Charlotte Jung told WTOC.

14 year-old Charlotte and her 11 year-old sister, Chelsey, are among those fans.

They live in Savannah, and when they heard about the new Disney movie filming in Savannah, they hoped to catch a glimpse of Cyrus today at a news conference announcing the film in Chippewa Square.

"I just really wanna see her in person," Jung said.

Cyrus isn't here yet, but soon. Filiming begins in July and wraps up in mid-August.

10 year-old Hannah Montana fan, Anna Beth Murphy, is visiting with her family from Florida. She's been a Miley fan since the first grade.

"I just like the way she sings and expresses herself," Murphy said. "I just like her so much I wish she was filming near me and not so far away so I have to fly,  or drive."

"Having a three year old girl brings a whole new element here," Tybee Island mayor Jason Beulterman told WTOC. "Having Miley Cyrus, Hanna Montana, here, my daughter watches it on Disney Channel every day, so she is excited."

Beulterman is excited for a different reason. The Disney movie, "The Last Song," will film in Savannah and on Tybee Island at the pier.

"To have something like this here is great timing, not only for Tybee but the whole area," Beulterman said.

"They are going to spend millions of dollars and hire a lot of people. 10,000 room nights in properties around the county. That's huge," Jay Self, Savannah Film Commission, told WTOC.

Self says Georgia's new tax incentives for the movie industry has put them back in the movie game, competing with other cities.

"This should probably be the first of many to come," he said.

"It makes me kind of jealous but we are going to try to get here while they are filming," Murphy said.

The Jung sisters already have their Miley plans made, scouring Savannah and heading to Tybee Island this summer.

"I'll be out there for a week," Jung said.

The movie begins production in June, but has already had a crew in town for pre-production. Cyrus will play an teen sent to spend the summer with her estranged father.

The director will be Julie Ann Robinson, who is making her feature film debut. Robinson directeds directed episodes of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and "Pushing Daisies," as well as HBO's "Big Love" and Showtime's "Weeds."

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