Josh Duhamel seeks to represent UND in new movie


Actor Josh Duhamel wants to recognize his home state by including a University of North Dakota logo in his new movie, the Crookston Times reports.

Producers of the Minot native's new movie, "Strings," have contacted the university to get permission to use the logo, the paper says.

The production reportedly wants to feature the logo on the wall in one of Duhamel's scenes, and UND's university relations manager Peter Johnson obliged by sending the filmmakers a couple of logos to use.

Johnson told the Times that the UND is "very much appreciate the extra attention that someone of that caliber and of that status has been able to give us.”

This isn't the first time Duhamel is looking to feature UND in one of his films.

In a scene from the 2010 romantic dramedy "Life As We Know It," which starred Duhamel and Katherine Heigl, Duhamel got permission to wear a UND Fighting Sioux T-shirt.

"Strings," a drama that also stars Maria Bello, Laura Dern and Lucas Till, is currently being shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Variety reports that Duhamel will play an Army veteran and counselor who helps treat Till's character, a talented DJ who succumbs to the pressures of the industry. The film has been being pegged for a 2014 release.

While Duhamel is a fan of UND on the collegiate level, he's a Minnesota sports fan on the professional level.

Last fall Duhamel he flew into Minneapolis to sound the Gjallarhorn before the Vikings game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Duhamel's credits include the NBC series "Las Vegas" and the ABC daytime drama "All My Children." His films include the recent hit romantic drama "Safe Haven" and the romantic dramedy "New Year's Eve."

The actor also starred as Captain William Lennox in “Transformers” in 2007 and reprised the role for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009 and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in 2011.

Duhamel is returning to home again July 20 to be the grand marshal of the North Dakota State Fair Parade. The theme of the parade is appropriately named "Transforming North Dakota."

See Duhamel in a scene from 2007's "Transformers" below.

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