Cedartown City Commission chairman John Barrett said that this was the first time a major movie had ever been filmed in Cedartown.
"I think we're going to have a very special movie," Mark Cotrell, the movie location manager, said. "We have several academy award winners in the film Billy Bob Thornton, Robert Duvall and Kevin Bacon as well as an English actor John Hurt."
Cotrell said the female lead was to be played by Australian actress Francis O'Connor.
Cotrell noted that a call for extras had been sent out earlier, but he believed they were pretty full as of Tuesday.
"Filming for the movie in Cedartown will occur between Wednesday, June 22, and Friday June 24," Cotrell said. "when we put people in costume and get horses and buggies or the like, that's when we feel like we are making a movie, and it's pretty special."
Several store fronts will be dressed up and Moore's diner will be painted to appear brick, Cotrell said. But everything would be returned to its normal state after filming was finished.
A permit for road closures and disruptions has be acquired for Sunday, June 19 through Friday, June 25.
The major disruptions will occur on Wednesday, according to Cotrell. He said Main street would be closed to traffic from around 7 a.m. until 4 or 5 p.m.
We ask for people that normally park on the east side parking lots to park on the West side behind the buildings on Wednesday, Cotrell said.
On Thursday and Friday, intermittent traffic will be allowed through. Filming will be done around Moore's Diner and behind the theatre, according to Cotrell. He asked that everyone park on the east side for these days.
Cotrell said consumers would still be able to shop and go to their favorite stores, and maybe even watch some of the filming take place if they wished, but their vehicles had to be out of site for the filming as it is set in the 1960s.
"There will be some disruption," Cotrell said. "But we'll try to make it as painless as possible."
Cedartown City Commissioner Scotty Tillery said he would like to thank Cotrell and Market Films for choosing Cedartown.
"This is a first for all of us and we want this to be all that it could be," Tillery said. "Let's hope that we become a movie place, let's make this an easy place to make a movie. We've got local people, props, memorabilia and cars and I'm really excited about the turn out."