NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Filming of a new George Clooney movie is expected to bring a lot of activity to Volusia County Wednesday and Thursday.
Residents of New Smyrna Beach will get to feel a bit of that Hollywood glam as Disney Pictures' "Tomorrowland" began filming on Tuesday.
The film, starring George Clooney, is also expected to cause some traffic delays over the next couple of days.
Crews flooded Canal Street on Tuesday, transforming one building into a Space Race Cafe. The crews have even been pulling up and changing the landscape in some areas.
Tomorrowland is described as a live-action mystery and adventure film, but additional details have been kept a mystery by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Channel 9's Blaine Tolison has only seen crew members and set builders. At this time, there's no word on whether the scenes being shot in New Smyrna will involve Clooney.
The movie could mean a big boost for local businesses.
"It's a bigger production than I envisioned at first. It's supposedly a major production when you get actors like George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. It's going to be a big deal," said business owner Dick Rosedale. "I've owned property down here since '81, and seen it up and down and this has just been such a rejuvenation of the downtown and very exciting."
The movie is set to be released in May 2015.
Several road closures are scheduled this week:
Wednesday, November 13:
- From 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., U.S. 1 will be closed for 15-minute intervals between Arts Center Avenue and the three-bridges area.
- From 1-3 p.m., additional temporary intersection closures for 2-4 minutes at a time will occur along U.S. 1 from the three-bridges area south to Wayne Avenue. Motorists are encouraged to use Interstate 95 or Pioneer Trail to travel between Port Orange and New Smyrna Beach during these times.
- From 6-10 p.m., Canal St. will be closed from U.S. 1 east to Riverside Drive. Motorists may use Washington Street or Douglas Street as a detour.
Thursday November 14:
- From 6 p.m.-6 a.m., U.S. 1 will be closed from Louise Avenue south to Wayne Avenue. Detours will be setup utilizing Dougherty Street, Neal Street, and Craig Street.
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