Alexander Payne's THE DESCENDANTS Begins Principal Photography Today

Read excerpts from the press release here! THE DESCENDANTS is Alexander Payne's first time in the director's chair of a full-feature film since 2004's SIDEWAYS, which won an Academy Award for "Best Adapted Screenplay" and was nominated for four other Oscars including "Best Picture." Above is a photo of Mr. Payne.

Just Jared posted behind-the-scenes shots of George Clooney, the star of the film, from the Hawaiian set of THE DESCENDANTS. Two of those photos are featured here and the full collection can be viewed at

"Principal photography for THE DESCENDANTS will begin March 15 on the islands of Oahu and Kauai in Hawaii. The film stars Academy Award® winner George Clooney, Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, Robert Forster, Shailene Woodley, Mary Birdsong, Nick Krause and Amara Miller. Alexander Payne (ELECTION, SIDEWAYS) is directing with the screenplay adapted by Nat Faxon & Jim Rash and Alexander Payne from the debut novel of acclaimed writer Kaui Hart Hemmings.
From the creator of the Oscar®-winning SIDEWAYS, set in Hawaii, THE DESCENDANTS is a sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.
The film will be released by Fox Searchlight Pictures and is being produced by Ad Hominem's Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, and Jim Taylor...
Payne remarked, 'I feel very lucky to have found this project. The characters, the story and the strong sense of place really spoke to me.'
'The Descendants is a well-observed, very human story that has a graceful balance of humor and deep emotion,' said Jim Burke. 'We're very excited to have assembled this amazing cast and to be working on the adaptation of Kaui's novel.'"

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