Hollywood has taken over Donaldsonville. The city is playing a huge role in the Lifetime Movie Network's newest series, Bonnie and Clyde. The city's hidden treasures are about to take center stage.
The once quiet historic district in Donaldsonville has been buzzing with business, big Hollywood business.
"We've had Brad Pitt, Benjamin Buttons, Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet," said local actor Richard Zeringue.
The stars are shining down on the Louisiana gem. The second largest historic district in the state has played host to everything from independent films to major motion pictures.
"For a lot of people it's been, if you want to get involved as an actor you had to go to Los Angeles or New York. Now, fortunately, we don't have to," Zeringue said.
Zeringue landed a major part in Fox Network's "K'ville", a crime drama based on the devastation of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now he is playing a behind-the-scenes role in Bonnie and Clyde, the latest television series to hit Donaldsonville.
"Bonnie and Clyde actually has three Oscar winners that are going to be here in Donaldsonville. Holly Hunter, William Hurt and also the director of Driving Miss Daisy," Main Street Program Executive Director Missing Jandura said.
Jandura said Sony Pictures is using 11 properties in the 28 block area of the city.
"They are starting to spend a lot of money here in Ascension including hiring some local people especially in Donaldsonville," Jandura said.
Sony is investing in the city's history too. Ascension Parish West Side Coordinator, George Rodeillat said the company recently spent $6,000 restoring the old jail which, until now, had been used as merely a storage site. It's the oldest standing jail in the state, the perfect fit for Bonnie and Clyde.
"They're going to film Mr. Clyde in one of the cells and there's another scene or two with him leaving the jail," Rodeillat said.
Bonnie and Clyde are expected to rob the original safe in an old bank on Railroad Avenue. The architectural beauty just around the corner, known as The Ascension Bank, is also expected to be a hit. An old armory and the lush downtown park have also become precious pieces of the city's Hollywood treasure.
Shooting for Bonnie and Clyde is expected to wrap by the end of spring.
The series is set to air on the Lifetime Movie Network this fall.
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