Stars head to parish for ‘The Highwaymen’

With Hollywood South making a comeback in Louisiana, it’s welcome news that filming locations for Netflix’s “The Highwaymen” movie will include St. Charles Parish.

Actors Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner will play legendary lawmen Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, the Texas Rangers who tracked notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde, in the Netflix film. They would be filling roles initially written for Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

The production is expected to start filming next month.

Hamer survived 100 gunfights and killed 53 people. He was persuaded into assembling the Rangers team that led to Bonnie and Clyde’s demise after a prison break in Texas.

John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks” and “The Founder”) will direct the film, which will focus on the posse organized to end Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s crime spree on May 23, 1934 in Bienville Parish.

Earlier this month, media reports confirmed Netflix was preparing to begin shooting the series in the New Orleans area.

The shooting schedule is Feb. 12 to April 10.

The project’s production schedule also includes LaPlace, Hammond, Covington, Baton Rouge and Donaldsonville.

Of the projected $49 million production, an estimated $10.4 million is earmarked for Louisiana workers.

Netflix earlier shot “Mudbound” in Louisiana.

Harrelson also returns to the state from earlier productions including “LBJ” and “True Detective.” Costner returns after his role in “JFK” and “Mr. Brooks,” also shot in the state.


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