Filmed at Thornewood: There Will Be Blood
Thornewood Castle made a cameo appearance in the 2007 Oscar award-winning film, "There Will Be Blood."
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Daniel Day Lewis, this film takes place in the late 19th century and tells the story of a oil prospector in Southern California. Thornewood appears at the end of the film, as the main character's dream house.
The film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won the award for Best Actor and Best Cinematography.
“Toward the end of 'There Will Be Blood,' oil speculator Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) makes his fortune and builds his dream house, which we see in a lingering shot: a vast, multiturreted brick Tudor mansion, at the end of a sweeping green lawn. That house just might look familiar to locals: It's Thornewood Castle, a privately owned manor in Lakewood (Pierce County). Built in approximately 1903 as the home of Port of Tacoma co-founder Chester Thorne, it is currently a luxury bed-and-breakfast inn.
“Deanna Robinson, who owns the inn with her husband Wayne, said that about a dozen members of the 'There Will Be Blood' crew came to the house for a day of exterior shooting last April. (No interior scenes were shot at Thornewood, and the cast did not travel here.) A locations scout for the film, looking for a lavish home of a very precise turn-of-the-century time period, had previously found the castle. While this marks Thornewood Castle's feature film premiere, it appeared in the 2002 television miniseries 'Stephen King's Rose Red' and its prequel, 'The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer.' The castle's 'There Will Be Blood' screen time is brief, but its performance is impeccable."