(Baton Rouge) This new film entitled “Greyhound” will be a World War II drama, scripted and starring actor Tom Hanks. The actual Baton Rouge filming will begin in March, featuring sites around the Capital Region; with many scenes shot on our very own USS Kidd! It is a script adaptation from “The Good Shepherd;” a novel published in 1955 by C.S. Forester.
Academy Award-winner Aaron Schneider will direct and Gary Goetzman, Hanks’ partner in the Playtone Productions, will serve as Producer. This is one of the few newer films about World War II that is told from a naval perspective. It is the story of a career officer (played by Hanks), who is finally given his own command. Hanks’ character has to deal with enemy battles on the USS Greyhound, that has been commissioned to escort and protect other vessels in 1942. He also has to confront his self-doubt as commander, and the demons of his past.
Tom Hanks is no stranger to the stories of WW II; producing and narrating the World War II museum attraction “Beyond All Boundaries.” The two-time academy award winner has been a very active 17 year supporter of the museum since day one.
According to officials from FilmNation entertainment, the new motion picture has a total budget of just over $50 million dollars. The Louisiana Department of Economic Development believes the spending in Louisiana will approach $30 million, with an estimated $7 million in Louisiana payroll.
Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an incentive law for film makers this past summer; which included a provision that provides a 5 percent tax credit on Louisiana expenditures for motion pictures filmed outside of the New Orleans area. It is the first big budget film to take advantage of the new incentives. “We are glad to see FilmNation take advantage of our new initiative to promote film production in all regions of Louisiana," Edwards said. "We also welcome Tom Hanks back to Louisiana for this project."
EBR Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said. “We look forward to having our beloved USS Kidd on the big screen in this homage to a very important time in our American history. This production is the start of what we anticipate to be a very busy year for filming in Baton Rouge.”