New Adam Driver movie set to be shot in Vernon Parish

On Friday we found out about a movie being filmed in Vernon Parish starring Adam Driver. Corey Howard explains why this is good news for the area.
Published: Jan. 22, 2021 at 6:14 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2021 at 6:44 PM CST
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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - Vernon Parish will appear on the big screen in a movie shot by Sony Pictures.

Adam Driver will star in the science fiction film called “65,” which will be shot near the Kisatchie National Forest.

“I’m not able to say anything about the plot,” Jeanmarie Murphy, a public relations representative from Sony, said.

While Sony’s representatives could not elaborate about the film, they did talk extensively about the economic impact the film will have on Vernon Parish.

“We did just under 3,000 hotel room nights,” David Thornsberry, the site manager from Sony, said. “So, if you times that by an average of a hotel room [about] $125 a night, you can see the positive economic impact.”

“It’s the equivalent of basically selling out every hotel in the area for eight years,” Murphy said. “And we brought that economic impact into this area in just three [to] four weeks.”


Several elected officials attended the press conference including, Mayor Rick Allen (from Leesville), State Representative Charles “Chuck” Owen (Dist. 30), State Senator Mike Reese (Dist. 30), and Sheriff Sam Craft (Vernon Parish).

“Thank you to the National Forest Services for bending over backwards to make this happen,” Sen. Reese said. “[Also] Thank you to the movie industry for recognizing the value.”

Murphy predicts the movie will premier sometime in 2022.

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