American Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina is set to star in her very first movie, Road Less Traveled, and Billboard got some exclusive insight into the production.
The film — named for Alaina’s single of the same name — co-stars Charlene Tilton (Dallas) and has begun production in Knoxville, Tennessee. The film is produced by Marvista Entertainment with Executive Producers Fernando Szew (A Deadly Adoption) & Kristofer McNeeley (Great Plains) and producer Stacia Crawford (River Guard), directed by Blair Hayes (Bubble Boy) and written by Michael Shear and Samantha Shear (Killer App).
Road Less Traveled centers on Charlotte (Alaina) who is struggling with balancing her upcoming wedding with her songwriting career in Los Angeles. She finds herself searching for answers in her hometown of Harmony, Tennessee, where she runs into her high school sweetheart. Charlotte finds herself wondering what life would have been like if she had never left Harmony.
“I am so excited to be doing a movie,” Alaina tells Billboard. “This is a whole new world for me. I’m learning so much every day. We have such an awesome cast and crew and I can’t wait for everyone to see this new side of me.”
McNeeley said filming in Tennessee and working with the Visit Knoxville Fim Office is an ideal marriage for movie and country music fans, alike. The city recently hosted the Adam Rifkin film, Dog Years, starring Burt Reynolds and Ariel Winter.
“As a boy growing up in Oklahoma, country music and it’s roots in Tennessee were important influences for me. We are thrilled to be here in Knoxville making our first film, and to be collaborating with Lauren and Universal Music Group Nashville,” said Executive Producer Kristofer McNeeley. “Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long relationship in the state bringing Tennessee and country music to millions of fans worldwide through film.”
“We’re proud to welcome Marvista Entertainment and the cast and crew of Road Less Traveled to Knoxville,” said Curt Willis, Visit Knoxville Film Office Director. “This city has worked hard to establish itself as a competitive option for film production in the south and attracting projects like this is exactly what we had in mind.”