It’s called “Nebraska”, so why wouldn’t Director Alexander Payne choose his home state as the location for his next movie?
Payne told a news conference in Norfolk that filming of the feature length black and while film will begin October 15th.
“The story is a father-son road trip from Billings, Montana to Lincoln that gets waylaid in the small town where the father grew up,” Payne explained.
Payne, an Academy Award winning director and screenwriter, is from Omaha.
He says his production team is scouting the northeastern portion of the state, looking for locations in several small Nebraska to represent the father’s hometown. Production will be based in Norfolk during the shooting, which should last approximately seven weeks.
The film production should not just be a shot in the economic arm for the state, but a real opportunity for its residents. Payne said he intends to give several Nebraskans a chance to be in the movie. He also will be hiring Nebraskans as production assistants and interns.
Payne and Executive Producer George Parra said the principals in the film are veteran actors Bruce Dern and Stacey Keach and former Saturday Night Live cast member Will Fortje.
Payne is known for films such as About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants.
By Jim Curry, WJAG.
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