Macon's Magnolia Street May Become Movie Set

6:33 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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As "42" hits the big screen, another movie production is set to race into Macon.

Terrell Sandefur with the So-Chi Gallery says "Need for Speed" starts filming April 23.

He said details about where they'll shoot the racing action movie will come out next week.

However, people on Magnolia Street in downtown Macon say they've been contacted by the movie company.

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A few folks say the filmmakers asked to use their porches and have been told that speed bumps will be placed on the street starting April 24.

Residents will have to park somewhere else during filming.

Dixon Cassera lives on Magnolia and guessed why the producers chose it for a shooting location.

He said, "I think what's appealing about the street is the long hill. The same reason it's appealing for the soapbox derby, because the right turn up there. I guess they are planning on doing jump scenes or something."

The soap box derby takes place on Magnolia Street every spring, and is scheduled for this weekend.

"Need for Speed" is an adaptation of the video game with the same name. 

It will be directed by Scott Waugh, and features "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul and "Batman" actor Michael Keaton.

The Macon Film Commission said the filming will bring a cast and crew of about 200 people to the city.

They said details about extras needed for the movie will be released closer to filming dates.

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