Need for Speed filming in Columbus
Filming for a major, big-budget, Hollywood movie is currently underway here in Columbus on the 13th Street bridge, which will be closed for a few days for the project.
The movie will feature stars Imogen Poots and Aaron Paul, known for his role on the hit AMC show “Breaking Bad” as Jesse Pinkman – a bad boy drug dealer who works with an ex science teacher to produce meth.
Need For Speed is one of the most recent of Hollywood’s video game- movie remakes. The games were known for their high octane, car chasing fun and the movie should be no different. Residents can expect to see many of the movie’s car chase scenes along common sights such as Manchester Expressway and Interstate 185.
There are no designated watching areas for the curious, but you may be able to watch some of the production from the downtown area. The 13th street bridge will actually be portrayed as a bridge in rural New York in the movie, according to the production team. The scene filmed here is said to be part of the climatic finish of the movie.
While the city of Columbus will not be paid for the movie’s use of the bridge, city officials say they will benefit in tax revenue. They also expect the large crew of over 200 to benefit the local community by renting local hotels and eating at local restaurants.