by Andrew Goff
Photo: Examiner.com .
Last night, a buttload of local well-to-do's met at the Mateel Community Center to discuss the potential impacts of marijuana legalization and its affects on the local economy. Little did those concerned that we're about to plunge into an economic abyss know that their prayers for a brighter Humboldt tomorrow had already been answered. But weed has nothing to do with it. No, our new identity as the faux-hometown of the biggest star on earth was decided in the Disney War Room.
Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus has signed on to star in the adaptation of of the young-adult novel Wings by Aprilynne Pike. And this isn't some one shot deal. Wings is the first book in a Twilight -esque, four-part series. How does this tie into Humboldt? Here's a Wikipedia synopsis:
Fifteen-year-old Laurel has lived her whole life on her family's land near Orick, California and the Redwood National Park, where she was homeschooled by her hippie parents. So when she moves to Crescent City, CA to attend public school, Laurel has some adjustments to make. While she misses being outdoors all the time, she's getting along pretty well at her new school and soon befriends David, a handsome and sweet boy who understands Laurel and her strict vegan diet. Things are looking up until a bump between Laurel's shoulders sprouts into a giant flower on her back.
Hesitant to confide her recent affliction to her parents, Laurel seeks help from David, and together they investigate the strange phenomenon of her "wings." Their only clue is that—much to Laurel's embarrassment—when she was about three years old, she was found on her parents’ doorstep in a basket, with no knowledge of where she came from.
That's right. Orick.
Miley is currently shooting another dramatic film elsewhere and was unavailable for comment. Online reports are unclear on if Disney actually plans on shooting on the North Coast. Sounds like Humboldt Film Commission head Mary Cruse has some lobbying to do. But the big question is... can I be an extra?