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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Earlier this month a Hollywood movie shoot tied up traffic and caused alerts for the sound of gunshots to be sent… well it’s déjà vu. The sounds of gunfire in downtown Dallas this weekend will be for another movie, this one about the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
City officials say blanks will be fired Sunday during the filming of “LBJ” near Dealey Plaza, the site of the real 1963 gunfire.
The movie stars Woody Harrelson as Lyndon B. Johnson, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lady Bird Johnson and Jeffrey Donovan as JFK. It’s about the life of Johnson and the political upheaval faced by the then-vice president following JFK’s assassination.
Dallas officials on Friday issued the public advisory about blanks being shot and said police have a traffic plan to reroute vehicles from the area.
The set of the film, directed by Rob Reiner, is closed to the public.
On October 6 filming for the movie “11/22/63” brought out onlookers and tied up traffic around Dealy Plaza. Actor James Franco was among the stars on the set. The first day of the movie shoot caused traffic chaos and led to a subsequent “comprehensive traffic plan” the next day.
It appears all the planning is in place for the “LBJ” movie shoot. Officials say the Dallas Police Department worked with the film production company to minimize traffic interruptions.
While there will be a number of street closures, city leaders say parking garages and open businesses will not be blocked and pedestrian traffic will be allowed to flow freely.
On Sunday, November 1 streets around Dealey Plaza will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Movie filming will require the full closure of the 400 to 600 block of Elm Street, 400 to 600 block of Main Street, the 100 block of South Houston and the 100 to 200 block of North Houston. The 300 to 600 block of Commerce will be affected for short periods of time.
Traffic will be diverted north and south at Lamar and Griffin Streets.
On October 6 filming for the movie “11/22/63” brought out onlookers and tied up traffic around Dealy Plaza. Actor James Franco was among the stars on the set.
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