Many local Taylor Lautner fans were surprised last week when the actor posted an Instagram photo of himself in front of a very familiar background – the Harry Hurst Middle School football field.
Lautner is just one of many actors who will star in the upcoming Netflix movie “Home Team,” which will tackle the locally well-known story of Sean Payton and bountygate.
Payton, who is vetting the project himself and has already read the script, told ESPN that the movie will dramatize the aftermath of his suspension in 2012. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton as head coach of the Saints for the entire season after the team was accused of paying bounties for injuring players on opposing teams.
Payton said “Home Team” will be more about how he became the offensive coach for his son Connor’s sixth grade football team, the Warriors, during that time.
Kevin James of Paul Blart: Mall Cop and King of Queens fam will play Payton in the film.
Stevie Crovetto, director of public information for St. Charles Parish Schools, said the movie crew prepped the Harry Hurst field for two days before filming for one day at the location. At this time, filming is complete at the site.
“In addition to the movie company paying a rental fee, usage of school system facilities brings a number of movie industry professionals to the area which helps to stimulate the local economy and tax base,” Crovetto said. “We work in partnership with parish government and other entities to make St. Charles Parish an attractive and accommodating place for movie projects.”
Directed by Charles Kinnane and Daniel Kinnane, “Home Team” will also star Jackie Sandler, Gary Valentine, Tait Blum, Maxwell Simkins, Jacob Perez, Bryant Tardy, Manny Magnus, Liam Kyle, Christopher Farrar, Merek Mastrov, Isaiah Mustafa, Christopher Titone, Ashley D. Kelley, Lavell Crawford, Allen Covert, Anthony L. Fernandez and Jared Sandler.