Behind the scenes: Packard Plant is backdrop for post-apocalyptic film starring David Arquette, Lily Cole

Actor David Arquette, sporting blood-stained furs, tattered cloth and black face paint, ambled through the ruins of the abandoned Packard Plant today with a donkey for the filming of the post-apocalyptic indie, “Orion.”

The “Scream” star, who has buffed up for his new role, plays a hunter trying to survive in a wasteland a few hundred years into the future.

The Packard is a fitting setting, with 3.5-million square feet of industrial waste in a struggling part of Detroit.

Crews spent the morning filming Arquette and actress Lily Cole, who donned an ornate, primitive headpiece and rode a wreath-wearing donkey. The pair, looking battle-torn and subdued, strolled along the concrete plant with cameras in tow.

Crews parked dozens of cars and trucks along the Packard, where they have been filming for the past few days. They’re expected back Saturday.

Other abandoned buildings were part of the Detroit shoots, including the old Grand Trunk Storage warehouse at Ferry and St. Aubin.

Cole tweeted pictures of Detroit, along with this experience: “‘People walking around, heads on a swivel, got to watch at all times’ my driver to set this morning on why he carries a gun. Joy Rd, Detroit.”


Check out Arquette talking about the film on YouTube.

The fim is expected to be released in 2013 or 2014. Check back for more details and behind-the-scenes photos.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.