Update: A scene filmed shortly before noon today featured actor Robert Duvall driving a yellow pickup north on Main Street. So far, Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton are confirmed to be in town for the filming.
Filming is under way in downtown Cedartown for the Billy Bob Thornton movie, "Jayne Mansfield's Car."
All of Main Street and the section of West Avenue next to West Cinema were both closed to traffic to support the filming this morning.
Access to Main Street was also very limited to pedestrians, but Cedartown police were stationed to direct foot traffic during breaks in filming so that downtown shops and businesses could be accessed.
Around 8:45 a.m., a scene was shot with the cameras pointed north up Main Street.
Two 1960s-era vehicles were seen repeatedly driving up Main Street, then backing up and doing it again for repeated shots. The vehicles apparently were meant as background activity for a scene between two of the film's lead actors, which took place further up Main Street in an area that was inaccessible to spectators during the filming.
Spectators have reported seeing lead actor Billy Bob Thornton thus far. Also slated for scenes to be shot in downtown Cedartown are actors Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon. It was not clear whether those two men had arrived in Cedartown yet Wednesday morning.
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" is set for theatrical release in 2013, according to the Internet Movie Database Click here to be taken to www.imdb.com. The movie was co-written by Thornton with writer Tom Epperson.
In a January interview with Entertainment Weekly, Duvall, who had just agreed to appear in the film, spoke glowingly of the film.
"It's another Southern tale," says Duvall. "It puts Tennessee Williams in the back seat - it's that brilliant."
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The scenes being shot in Cedartown reportedly take place in a small Alabama town circa 1968.
“It’s about a guy in between WWI and WWII who raises a family after his wife left him for an Englishman and moved to England,” Duvall told Entertainment Weekly. “When the wife dies, she asks to be brought back to Alabama to be buried, and at that point the character hasn’t seen her in 20 or 30 years.
“The two families — her original family she abandoned and her English family — meet and then things get really interesting.”
"He was in the scene with the hippies protesting," Lundy said.
Lundy had a short role as a newspaper reporter rushing to the scene of the protest.
Filming is scheduled to take place primarily during the afternoons Thursday and Friday, and is to wrap up with a night scene behind West Cinema Friday evening.
Filming was expected to resume shortly after noon on Thursday.