Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard to Film in Baton Rouge

July 16, 2010 by  

Given that viewers are only a third of the way into Season 3 of True Blood, it’s hard to believe that the cast is already getting into their hiatus projects. An article on discusses the burgeoning film industry in Baton Rouge, LA, in particular at Celtic Media Centre, the studio that will play host to the filming of upcoming movies from two of our favorite True Blood actors.

Stephen Moyer is part of The Big Valley, adapted from a ’60s television series. Set in 19th century California, the story focuses on an illegitimate son who makes a claim on the family fortune left by his millionaire rancher father. Stephen will play the role of Jarrod Barkley, eldest son of the ranch’s matriarch, Victoria (Jessica Lange).

Some work on Battleship, starring Alexander Skarsgard, will also be done at Celtic’s studio. The big-screen adaptation of the popular Milton Bradley board game features Alex as a straight-and-narrow naval officer, idolized by his wild brother (played by Friday Night Lights‘ Taylor Kitsch).

Louisiana might not seem like the perfect location to stage a California-based Western, or a battle fleet locked in a dangerous game of strategy, but Baton Rouge has become a hot spot of film activity. Not only does the state have a tax incentive program that has given it the name “Hollywood South,” but studios like Celtic in Baton Rouge have acquired a reputation for accommodating the cast and crews to encourage the film industry to grow in their towns.

Celtic is even giving over its backlot to the construction of a western town for The Big Valley. Producer Straw Weisman talks about the advantages of being located in Baton Rouge:

“The facilities are here, the infrastructure is here and there is a we-can-help-you-get-it-done attitude that is extremely conducive.”

The benefit of having these and other movies filmed in Baton Rouge is the effect on the local economy. New businesses are being created to cater to the industry, from catering groups to stunt and sound companies.

True Blood fans in the Louisiana area should keep their eyes open for these handsome guys coming around to work on these projects!


(Photo credits: Elle Magazine, Details Magazine)

  • Nia

    What great news for both these amazing actors. Both movies will be on my list!!!!
    True Blood has been such a wonderful vehicle for both these attractive sexy enchanting men. It has opened our eyes and hearts as well as the rest of the public to their incredible talents.
    May they be making movies to entertain us for many many many years to come.
    Thank you Janie!

  • jaxx

    Wow, great. I’ll have to buy a ticket to Baton Rouge and see if I can get a glimpse of these two. LOL. Glad their careers have taken off here.

  • lizzie1701

    Thanks Janie, I look forward to seeing bot movies.

    Australia is also a haven for movie makers and heaps are being made here. I am a bit sorry that The Big Valley is not being made here in OZ, as it would have given me an opportunity of seeing my TB Crush in the flesh!