The Penguins aren’t going Hollywood … but Hollywood is coming to a Penguins game at Mellon Arena.
The Dreamworks SKG studio will be shooting a scene for its newest romantic comedy, “She’s Out of My League” during the Penguins-Islanders game Thursday night.
The two main characters in the script are Penguins fans, and the lead actors will be attending the game in Penguins gear for crowd shots with actual hockey action in the background. They will come back next week to an empty arena to shoot the dialogue scenes.
Starring Alice Eve (“Starter for 10”) and Jay Baruchel (“Knocked Up” and “Tropic Thunder”), the movie centers on an average guy who works at the airport and becomes involved with a gorgeous girl who is “out of his league.”
Co-executive producer is Jimmy Miller, a Castle Shannon native and a graduate of Keystone Oaks High School and Point Park College. Miller, who once worked as an usher at the Civic Arena during his college years, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that shooting a scene at the old arena before it is torn down “will definitely be the highlight of my career.”
Miller, who continues to be a Penguins season ticket holder despite living in Los Angeles, is a partner in the Mosaic Media Group and works closely with megastars such as Jim Carrey and Will Ferrell. Miller credits his brother Dennis, the famous comedian, with getting him interested in hockey back in the 1970s.
The Dreamworks SKG crew will be shooting the film in Pittsburgh through May 24. No release date has been set.