Camera lenses highlight the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 'Precious Cargo'

Camera lenses highlight the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 'Precious Cargo'
Urie Pier in Gulfport makes a cameo in the movie. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Urie Pier in Gulfport makes a cameo in the movie. (Photo source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A new movie trailer now circulating on the web might have a familiar feel to many coast residents. The trailer for the film "Precious Cargo" is sprinkled with iconic images of South Mississippi, especially the city of Gulfport.

In the film, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Claire Forlani play a couple forced to steal a load of precious gems from a crime boss, played by Bruce Willis.

With more states offering strong tax incentives to filmmakers, the Mississippi Film Office said location is key to having movies shot in our state along with a locally trained workforce.

"It takes place in Gulfport. Everything is shot here. It's a local. Even the aerial stuff is a local guy. Everything that you see. There's no interspersing New York City streetscapes. It takes place in Gulfport and Biloxi and you see it," said Cat Leatherwood of Long Beach.

Leatherwood worked as a Second Assistant Camera operator on the film.

"We got a lot of things going on in Mississippi and it's about time that everybody get to notice what's going on in the state of Mississippi," said James Booth of Gulfport.

During shooting, crews spent lots of money at local business.

"Part of the economic development part of bringing films to Mississippi, I was able to bring guys from L.A. They wanted variety. I was like, let's go get Vietnamese subs at Le Bakery. Let's go get food at Half Shell," said Leatherwood.

Shot last year, the movie is currently in post-production and slated to be released in April.

"That's the pier, I know where that is. That looks like the Mississippi Power building. That's the building right over there too. It's really cool that Mississippi is making this comeback and get all the recognition it's getting," said Anna Schruff of Long Beach.

Excitement is already growing for the action flick.

"Oh, that's the pier, Island View. I think that's pretty neat that you can go to a movie theater and see your hometown," said Jackie Guy of Gulfport.
"Mark-Paul Gosselaar, you know? 'Saved By the Bell,' of course. I love that show. And Bruce Willis, he's a big name. So that's cool to have that connected to South Mississippi."

"Mark-Paul Gosselaar actually knew the entire camera department by name and he was really, really nice," said Leatherwood.

According to the Mississippi Film Office, the coast has played host to a third of the productions in the state in the last three years. Shooting also took place at an airport in the Kiln, Zeppelin's Pizzeria and Bar in Biloxi, and the Biloxi River.

You can check out the full trailer for "Precious Cargo" by clicking here

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