The Highwaymen brings Hollywood to historic Donaldsonville

Highwaymen Donaldsonville

This antique automobile is among many used on the set of The Highwaymen in Donaldsonville. Photo by Michael Tortorich.

A major movie project has utilized Donaldsonville's historic district as a backdrop.

The Highwaymen is an upcoming drama directed by John Lee Hancock, and stars well-known Hollywood actors Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, and Kathy Bates.

The production has taken over several blocks of the historic district along Lessard and St. Patrick Streets throughout February 2018.

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan said the movie is the largest-scale production he can recall setting up in the city. That's no understatement, considering many crews - both large and small - have filmed in the city over the last several years, including for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and All the Kings Men.

Sullivan added that the actors have been friendly, socializing with locals and posing for photos. He said Costner stopped in for a visit at the city's River Road African American Museum.

The movie is based on the story of Bonnie and Clyde, but from the persepective of two Texas Rangers, Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, as they set out on the notorious duo's trail.

The set represents Texas during the 1930s, complete with actors and actresses donning the dress of the time. Automobiles and props also reflect the period.

The project has a reported $49 million budget. It's set for an October 19, 2018 release via Netflix.

According to the film's location manager, 21 locations will be used throughout Louisiana. Reported locations include Covington, LaPlace, Hammond, Baton Rouge, and Thibodaux.

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