UPDATE: Tommy Lee Jones movie films in Westville this week, 'Need for Speed' will film in Columbus in June

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comMay 21, 2013 

The Chattahoochee Valley is getting a taste of Hollywood.

In addition to the Tommy Lee Jones movie that’s filming in Westville this week, a publicist confirmed Tuesday that the major motion picture “Need for Speed” will film in Columbus next month.

Filming for “The Homesman” is under way in Westville, which is in Lumpkin, Ga.

The movie features Tommy Lee Jones, Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank. In the film, “a claim jumper and a pioneer woman team up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa,” according to its IMDb profile. Tommy Lee Jones is directing the film, it notes.

"The Homesman” is also scheduled to include footage filmed in New Mexico, according to the New Mexico Film Office.

In addition, the DreamWorks Studios movie “Need for Speed” will film scenes in Columbus during the first week of June, according to a publicist for the movie.

The filming will take place June 4-7 near the Chattahoochee River, according to publicist Andy Lipschultz.

"Need for Speed” is a “racing action movie” based on an Electronic Arts video game, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cast includes Michael Keaton, Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper.

Columbus Deputy City Manager David Arrington said he met with some of the film’s production people last week. He declined to go into details about where filming would take place in Columbus.

"We want that to come from them,” Arrington said.

Filming would require some street closures in and around downtown, Arrington said. Any street closings would have to be approved by Columbus Council.

"We understand this will be of public interest,” Arrington said. “They are supposed to get us a detailed schedule and we will communicate it to council and the public.”

"Need for Speed” has already filmed scenes in other Georgia cities, including Macon and Rome.

Georgia is one of the top five film and TV production destinations in the country, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

"Since 1972, more than 700 feature films, TV movies, TV series, single episodes and pilots have been produced in Georgia, generating over $7 billion dollars in economic impact,” it notes.

Senior editor Chuck Williams contributed to this report.

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