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Easy Does It: NOLA-Set Indie Movie Adds a Double Dose of Hollywood

It’s a big week for Hollywood South, with several big casting announcements made about NOLA-based projects. Fresh off the news that Dennis Quaid will play George W. Bush in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming Katrina: American Crime Story, it was announced that another member of Murphy’s stable Ben Matheny has added two major stars to the cast of his independent film set in southeastern Louisiana. 


Beast of the Southern Wild star Dwight Henry and Bryan Batt, best known for his work in Mad Men, were confirmed for the cast of Easy Does It on Thursday (5.18). 


“This is an incredible era for indie film in New Orleans, throughout Hollywood South” said Matheny, who will produce and star in the project. “We’re just jazzed to be riding the wave.” 


Matheny himself is a regular fixture on television, previously working with Murphy on Scream Queens and American Horror Story. His new project is described as a crime comedy about two best friends, played by Matheny and NCIS: New Orleans star Matthew Martinez, who find their cross-country road trip turning criminal, complete with hostages, bounty hunters, and police chases.


Said director Will Addison, “it’s a movie about friendship, dreams, and what happens when the two collide.” 


Bryan Batt, a veteran of both stage and screen, joins the cast as a cocky cop in pursuit of the duo. His 12 Years a Slave costar Dwight Henry will play the kind Sheriff Parker in Easy Does It. 


“Bryan and Dwight are both tremendous actors,” said Alexa Georges, Executive Producer of Easy Does It, in a statement. “They’re bringing a really funny, quirky, interesting side of themselves to this project.” 


Batt is best known to audiences for his role as Sal Romano, art director for Sterling Coper, in Mad Men. Henry gained international acclaim for his role in the Academy Award-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild, filmed in southeastern Louisiana.


Both Batt and Henry are notable local figures in New Orleans as well. In addition to his work onscreen, Henry is the founder of the Buttermilk Drop Bakery, a successful pastry cafe with locations in the Treme and Lake Front. Batt, a born and bred New Orleanian whose family founded and ran the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park, is a best-selling author and owner of the Magazine Street home decor store Hazelnut


Production on the film began in early May. With shooting occuring all over New Orleans and southeastern Louisiana, chances are good that you'll see the crew around town in the coming weeks. 


In the meantime, learn more about Easy Does It here

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