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Tom Cruise filming Jack Reacher sequel in Louisiana

Tom Cruise has picked New Orleans in Louisiana to film the sequel to his 2012 vigilante drama Jack Reacher.

The new movie is called Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and is based on the 18th book in the series written by Lee Child.

Cruise is a repeat visitor to Louisiana. A few years ago he shot at Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge (now Celtic Studios) for his dystopian sci-fi drama Oblivion, although the movie is best remembered for spectacular exterior landscapes that were filmed in Iceland.

Louisiana’s generous filming incentive support and studio infrastructure have helped establish it as one of the top filming hubs in the US. However, the southern state faces stiffer competition from Georgia, now that Louisiana’s tax credit has been capped for the first time in its history.

Cruise generally follows the best filming incentive support for his movies. The first Jack Reacher film was shot in Pennsylvania, a popular eastern-US location with a 25% tax credit. In the last few years he has based Edge of Tomorrow and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation at Warner Bros. at Leavesden Studios in north London, using the UK’s world-leading movie incentives.

He recently wrapped the true-life drug cartel thriller Mena, which filmed largely in Georgia, doubling Atlanta for Mena in Arkansas, but scenes were also shot in Colombia.

For more on filming in Louisiana, check our production guide.