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BATON ROUGE - Movie production crews will once again take over parts of LSU's campus as the college serves as the backdrop for yet another film hitting the big screen. 

An LSU spokesperson says "The Mascot" will film on location at the college campus.

It's the second large-sale production to use the Capital City as its setting. Most recently was Catherine Zeta-Jones' National Treasure spin-off series, which just wrapped filming. 

"Coming off the heels of National Treasure, we have another film pretty quickly thereafter representing Baton Rouge. The tourism value of that is incredible," Film Baton Rouge executive director Katie Pryor said. 

According to IMDb, the sports comedy centers around a quarterback who had it all in high school but becomes a mascot after losing his football scholarship. 

Casey Cott, most known for his role in the CW's "Riverdale," will star in the film. Director Matthew Perkins told Baton Rouge Business Report that the cast would also include current student-athletes who will be compensated through name, image and likeness deals.

Perkins is partially basing the movie on his experience as the University of Georgia mascot in the early 2000s. 

Filming begins at the university this fall, and the movie is set to debut in theaters in 2023.

Several productions have filmed at LSU over the past decade, including the "Pitch Perfect" series. 


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