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City Bracing for a Cinematic Shutdown

New Orleans is getting ready to be taken over by The Planet of the Apes.

The latest version of the film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, will be one of the biggest productions ever shot in New Orleans.

This Saturday, May 11th is when camera’s roll and traffic stops.

For six weeks the intersection where S. Rampart, Common and Tulane Ave.  cross will be sealed off for filming to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

“It will be an incredible presence of police officers down there pulling traffic, working with commuters,” says Film New Orleans director Katie Williams.

Williams says the city is pleased Planet of the Apes production staff has done everything asked to minimize impact.   Like scheduling, “They worked  with the city on the dates that would be best for us to host a production and to close the street for the amount of time.”

Stylists at Flaw-Luxe Hair Studio says they can’t wait to watch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes start filming next door.

“Kinda cool how you get to see everything come together from nothing,” says owner Allen Tater Pazon who planned ahead for any inconveniences to customers, “I validate parking at the garage down the street.”

Even though other shoot locations are planned around town, Williams says the bulk of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will be filmed at this CBD location, “It’s a huge testament to our growth in the industry and just the confidence that Hollywood has to come and bring that caliber of production to New Orleans.”

It’s estimated making Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will bring about 80 million dollars of economic impact and employ close to 600 locals.

Casting calls to be announced.

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