Gerard Butler and Sylvester Stallone choose Louisiana
Louisiana’s fast-growing reputation as the new Hollywood looks set to continue as two major new features prepare to shoot in the southern US state.
Gerard Butler, recently in Australia to film his starring role in Gods of Egypt, is due in New Orleans in the autumn to film Geostorm, a blockbuster from Warner Bros. Dean Devlin directs the disaster-driven thriller about a satellite designer (Butler) who has to save the world from catastrophe.
And action pic stalwart Sylvester Stallone is once again donning the vest and headband as he reprises his role of the troubled Vietnam vet in Rambo: Final Blood, due to shoot in Shreveport for eight weeks from late October. Stallone also directs from his own screenplay.
The residents of Shreveport are certainly in for a season of celeb-spotting: as reported recently on KFTV, Tom Hiddleston is also heading to the city to play the country legend Hank Williams in the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light.
A report published earlier this year by Film L.A. stated that, in 2013, Louisiana overtook California as the film production capital of the world, a finding that would appear to be backed up with recent major titles such as Jurassic Park 4; Zipper, Fantastic Four and the Twilight saga all choosing to shoot in the Bayou State.
For more on filming in Louisiana, take a look at our production guide.