Stuttgart residents excited about upcoming film in town

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    STUTTGART, Ark. (KTHV) -- Filming starts next week on the movie "Mud" in Stuttgart.

    We're found out Thursday from folks working the movie in town  that filming begins Monday on "Mud" and it runs through November 18th in and around Stuttgart. And residents we talked around the city can't wait.

    Debra Avery lives across the street the old Clary School in Stuttgart, filling up these days with quite a buzz.

    "It's like a bee-hive over there, they've been there from 4:30 in the morning to 2:30 in the morning," Avery said.  

    Around the clock crews working on the movie "Mud."And the dish around town suggests some A-list celebrities.

    "My oldest daughter Celeba is Matthew McConaughey's biggest fan so she's real excited," Avery said.

    Reese Witherspoon is another name mentioned, but we won't know for sure until filming begins.

    "You know everybody's waiting for their chance," Stuttgart Mayor Marianne Maynard said.

    Mayor Maynard does know crews are working with the city.

    "They've been talking with downtown merchants, with local people about sites to shoot and we know they'll be shooting in Dumas and McGehee and places along the river, but this is their headquarters," Mayor Maynard said.

    The mayor says Stuttgart retailers are already benefiting.

    "Using our lumber yards to buy supplies, you know build sets," Mayor Maynard said. "In today's world, having something like that be economic stimulus, that's great, we're excited."

    Avery says the crews seem excited too.

    "I hear so many bad stories about TV and movies but they're awesome, just like neighbors," Avery said.

    And they're offering something special to this town.

    "This is like our second Thanksgivingm" Avery said. "We have Wings over the Prairie for Thanksgiving and this is like shooting over the moon for us right now."

    As for locals getting a shot at being extras in the film, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission reports they had a casting call last month in Little Rock.

    The mayor also told me today she's seen flyers around town asking for extras but doesn't know anyone yet who's secured a role.           

    That August report from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission also says "Mud" a drama about two teenage boys who encounter a mysterious fugitive on an island in the Mississippi River. And intrigued by the man, the boys enter a pact to help him escape capture.

    The report says the director is Little Rock native Jeff Nichols.

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