Hollywood megastar, Tom Hanks, will begin filming a World War II movie in Baton Rouge in early 2018, according to a news release from Louisiana Economic Development.
The WWII naval drama, titled Greyhound, began pre-production on Monday, and filming aboard the USS Kidd and other locations throughout the capital city is expected to begin in March 2018.
Greyhound is the first significant film project to apply for the new enhancements to the state’s film incentive that Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law in the summer of 2016. The new enhancements include a provision that provides a five percent tax credit on Louisiana expenditures for motion pictures filmed outside of the New Orleans area, according to LED.
The film has a reported total budget of $50.3 million, with an estimated $29.5 million spent in Louisiana including $7.6 million in payroll for Louisiana residents. The LED reports Greyhoud, a production of FilmNation Entertainment, is expected to employ about 250 people.
“Louisiana has been a leader in entertainment industry development for more than 15 years, and major motion picture projects such as this one help to sustain the creative industry in our state,” Gov. Edwards said. “We are glad to see FilmNation take advantage of our new initiative to promote film production in all regions of Louisiana. We also welcome Tom Hanks back to Louisiana for this project. Tom has been a great champion of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans since its opening 17 years ago, and the Beyond All Boundaries attraction, which he produced and narrates, is a signature experience of that world-class facility.”
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks adapted the film’s script form C.S. Forester’s 1955 novel “The Good Shephard. Hanks will star as the USS Greyhound’s troubled commander, as the Greyhound is escorting a military convoy across the Atlantic Ocean in 1942 when German submarines are attacking allied shipping lanes in the Atlantic.
Other cast members for the film have not yet been announced. Academy Award-winner Aaron Schneider will direct the film and it’s being produced by Gary Goetzman.
LED reports the film industry remains strong in Louisiana, with six other projects currently in pre-production and scheduled to shoot in early 2018. Four productions are currently filming through the end of 2017.
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