James Van Der Beek shooting 'Backwards' around town

You may see "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek around town for a few weeks as he's shooting "Backwards."

The sports romance, written by and starring Haverford native Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Ben Hickernell, began shooting interiors Sunday around Rittenhouse Square.


Thomas plays a female athlete who is an alternate on the Women's Olympic rowing team and returns home, where she picks up a romance with her boss, played by Van Der Beek, who is also known from "Varsity Blues" and "The Rules of Attraction."

Thomas hopes the movie, which she expects to be rated PG-13, will open before the 2012 Olympics in London.

Future shooting locations include the Art Museum and a house near the Shipley School, in Bryn Mawr, Thomas' alma mater.

"Lebanon, PA," the last feature by Hickernell, manager of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, that starred Samantha Mathis and Josh Hopkins, won awards from the Philadelphia Film Festival and was released last month on DVD and iTunes.

Alysia Reiner, whose credits include "Sideways," and her husband, David Allan Basche, from "The Starter Wife," are also among the "Backwards" cast.

Read more from our column in Tuesday's Daily News.