Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard stars in the Netflix film ‘Juanita,’ which will air March 8. The romantic drama, also starring Blair Underwood, was filmed in Virginia.

“Juanita,” the Netflix feature film filmed in Virginia, starring Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood, finally gets an air date of March 8.

The romantic independent movie filmed in Petersburg, Bedford, Richmond and Waverly in the spring of 2017.

In the film, Woodard stars as Juanita who gets fed up with her life, fantasizes about a shirtless Blair Underwood and leaves her grown kids behind for a fresh start.

While they were filming in Virginia, the “Juanita” crew purchased over 2,250 room nights in Virginia hotels. “Juanita” hired over 315 Virginians including cast, crew, extras and support. The total economic impact of “Juanita” filming in Virginia was over $4.4 million, according to the Virginia Film Office.

“Bringing Juanita to Virginia was a great success for our industry, and an example of repeat business,” Andy Edmunds, director of the Virginia Film Office, said. “This was a direct result of connecting with producer Mel Jones at an event in Los Angeles a few years ago. Mel has connections to Virginia and this friendly encounter led to the production of another film ‘Burning Sands,’ and then ‘Juanita’ here in the Commonwealth. We look forward to welcoming them back for another project.”

Woodard is a veteran, Oscar-nominated actress who has appeared in a slew of film and TV projects including “Steel Magnolias,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Grand Canyon,” “St. Elsewhere” and “Empire,” just to name a few.

Blair Underwood is originally from Petersburg and best known for his work on “LA Law,” “Sex & the City” and more recent TV projects like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Quantico.”

Find out more info on “Juanita” here: netflix.com/Title/80184676.

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