Tinseltown has come to LaGrange today as scenes from the second film sequel to “The Hunger Games” are set to be filmed on a closed set at the former Tredegar building on Jenkins Street.
While most of the Lionsgate production is being filmed in and around metro Atlanta, the studio chose the building to film some scenes of the movie. The studio has been very secretive about the film, which is based on the final book of the Hunger Games trilogy, “Mockingjay,” written by Suzanne Collins. The first sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” will be released next month in movie theaters.
The movie will be filmed today and Friday. Movie crews have been in town for about two weeks preparing for the filming, according to LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Laura Jennings.
“The best thing we can do as a community, in order to attract even more movies to shoot here, is to be respectful of the privacy needed by the production companies. The film industry is close knit so when they talk about LaGrange and Troup County, we want the conversation to be highly favorable. They need to know us as a place that does what it takes to accommodate their needs and give them the crowd-free latitude to go about their business,” Jennings said.
The public will not have access to the shooting of the film, but it is possible that some of the actors will be patronizing local businesses. Portions of several films, such as “Lawless” and “Jane Mansfield’s Car” have been filmed in Troup County and some actors have been spotted in local eateries.
“Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton and Shia LeBeouf have dined right here in LaGrange. We want more of that,” Jennings said.
Lionsgate officials could not be reached for comment.