Ferriday and Sicily Island will have a part in the newest sequel of the movie Wolverine to be released in March of 2017, while a portion of Hwy. 425 between Ferriday and Clayton will be closed for a five-day period in connection with the production.
Those with information on the sequel have asked to remain anonymous although public bodies have been providing assistance in the production.
At the April meeting of Ferriday Board of Alderman, Mayor Gene Allen announced that a movie production company requested renting space in the Ferriday Shopping Center to use empty buildings and the parking lot for storage.
"They are shooting a movie in Sicily Island and requested our shopping center for their equipment," Allen said.
The Concordia Parish Police Jury released a memo saying Fox Louisiana Productions will be shooting a movie in Ferriday from June 12-16. Portions of Highway 15 from just North of Serio Blvd in Ferriday to Clayton will be barricaded off.
The highway may be open to local traffic when the production company is not filming. All through traffic will be detoured to Highway 568 and 900.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation has put in mobile signs in Ferriday and Clayton announcing the upcoming highway closure dates.
Ken Mason of the Louisiana Department of Transportation in Chase said the film crew would either provide personnel to detour traffic or use local law enforcement.
"They have a lot of experience with this," Mason said.
Mason said traffic is also being detoured from La. Hwy. 8 in Sicily Island to La. Hwy. 913 after the scenes are shot in Ferriday.
The Sentinel has learned that Sicily Island High School and a house in Sicily Island will be used in the production. A crash scene will be shot on Hwy. 425 just outside of Ferriday.
The Wolverine sequel has been speculated to be actor Hugh Jackman’s final appearance in a Wolverine movie.
Others listed as cast members are Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard Grant and Eriq LaSalle.
Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly associated with the X-Men.
This year marks the 16th anniversary of Jackson’s role as the smart-mouth Logan with his first turn back in 2000 in Bryan Singer’s X-Men. Since then, Jackman reprised his role in a number of films including the older generation of X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, the newer generation of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and two solo films, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine.