Matthew McConaughey filming in New Orleans and Lafayette
With the southern US seemingly his go-to location for productions such as Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective, Matthew McConaughey is returning to Louisiana for upcoming civil war film Free State of Jones.
The movie, set to shoot in New Orleans and Lafayette from late February through late May, is based on the true story of Newton Knight, the leader of a band of Confederate deserters that turned on the Confederacy during the Civil War and his subsequent marriage to a former slave. Gugu Mbatha-Raw who featured in Belle and Beyond the Lights will co-star.
The Free State of Jones is one of the plethora of big budget films recently that have found a production home in Louisiana. Others include the Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, the Gerard Butler sci-fi thriller Geostorm, the historical drama Elvis and Nixon, and the CBS Studios film The Zoo – all features on this strong slate not only used locations throughout Louisiana, but specifically in New Orleans.
The trend of filming in the Pelican State should be set to continue with Louisiana’s strong tax incentive programme giving productions up to 30% back of qualifying local spend including the payroll for residents and non-residents.