LEXINGTON, Ky. — The beauty of Central Kentucky stands out in Drew Barrymore’s new movie, “The Stand In.”
Partially filmed in Lexington and Versailles in January 2019, Barrymore’s romantic comedy premieres on Dec. 11 in theaters, digitally, and on-demand from distributor Saban Films. “The Stand In” is a co-executive produced by Lexington’s Wrigley Media, a modern media company that conceives, produces, and distributes all forms of media content under one roof.
It is described as the story of a disaffected comedy actress and her ambitious stand-in trading places, with Barrymore starring in both roles. Distributed by Saban Films, “The Stand In” is directed by Jamie Babbit, brother of Wrigley Media CCO Ross Babbit.
“For one scene, we needed a picturesque small town, and Kentucky fit the bill for that. Not to mention, it’s much easier to close down a street in downtown Lexington rather than New York City. Our overall experience in the Lexington and Versailles areas couldn’t have gone better,” said Jamie Babbit.
Ross Babbit added, “I look forward to the day when bringing production of this scale to the area is more the norm. In many ways, Kentucky is ideal for shoots and it’s a nice economic boost for the area.”
With Wrigley Media since 2018, Ross Babbit is the former SVP of programming and development at The Travel Channel where he oversaw hit series, including “Bizarre Foods,” “Booze Traveler,” and “Expedition Unknown.”
The Kentucky portion of “The Stand In” was filmed and produced with the help of 25 crew-members from Wrigley Media.