A scene for a movie starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is being filmed in Gainesville near the Brenau University campus.
“Rampage” stars Johnson as Davis Okoye, a primatologist who “shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster,” according to a Warner Brothers press release.
The movie set for an April 20 release will be filming here for a few days spread over a multiweek period, spokesman Gregg Brilliant said, as well as other locations across Georgia, plus some shooting in Chicago and other parts of North America.
Gainesville spokeswoman Catiel Felts confirmed filming of a movie has started in Gainesville, but she couldn’t provide further details.
Johnson will re-team with “San Andreas” and “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” director Brad Peyton. The popular actor keeps a busy filming schedule and stars in the “Baywatch” movie released Thursday.
Naomie Harris, an Academy Award nominee for her supporting actress role in “Moonlight,” which won Best Picture earlier this year, is also in the film. She also was in the “Skyfall” James Bond movie.
Malin Akerman (TV’s “Billions”), Jake Lacy (TV’s “Girls”), Joe Manganiello (TV’s “True Blood”) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) are also part of the movie.
It’s the latest film production to make its way to Gainesville. “Baby Driver,” a crime thriller about a young getaway driver scheduled for a June 28 release, filmed a scene in the former Regions Bank in downtown Gainesville, transforming the former bank into a post office. It stars Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey and Ansel Elgort, who plays the title character.
The two high-profile productions followed the February 2016 filming of a scene from “Thank You for Your Service,” a movie about soldiers coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, in the former bank. That film is set for an Oct. 27 release.
In January 2016, the old bank was the setting for a bank robbery scene for the PlayStation Network show “Powers,” where two homicide detectives investigate people with superhuman abilities.
Brenau played host to scenes about the Dare Stones in filming of the History Channel’s special “Roanoke: Search for the Lost Colony” in July 2015.