Lanes of 196 will be closed intermittently tomorrow for “End of the Tour” movie
It won’t be snow and ice slowing traffic down on 196 in Grand Rapids on Thursday, March 6th.
In its third week of production in Grand Rapids, the movie “The End of the Tour” will be filming scenes in some lanes of eastbound and westbound Interstate-196.
Crews will be filming scenes with Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel riding in a car along the freeway with Grand Rapids as the background. But the city is actually a stand-in for a Chicago suburb. The car will be traveling less than posted speed limits as it rides on a flatbed trailer hooked up with cameras and production gear.
The closures will be changing as the production rolls along the highway with police escort between 9:00am and 3:00pm. The production plans to begin going westbound on 196 from Fuller Avenue to Lake Michigan Drive (M-45), then they will turn around and then go eastbound on 196 between Lake Michigan and Fuller. They will do this several times. As they change sides, some ramps will be closed as the crews move on and off the freeway. Only one side of the freeway is expected to be impacted at a time. And depending on the nature of the shot, sometimes only one lane will be impacted, other times it may be two lanes.
The production is spending about 5 weeks filming scenes in and around Grand Rapids. The movie is planned for a theatrical release, but the exact plans for the release date have not been set. Cast and crew, including Eisenberg, Segel, and director James Ponsoldt are staying in town.
This is Eisenberg’s second time filming driving scenes in Grand Rapids, he was the lead actor in “30 Minutes or Less” with Aziz Ansari as crews shutdown Division Avenue for a big chase scene.
Segel has also filmed in Michigan previously, filming “The Five-Year Engagement” in Ann Arbor in 2011. Eisenberg will be back in Michigan later this year for the “Batman vs. Superman” movie, he’s been cast as Lex Luthor in the “Man of Steel” sequel.
Officially, the drama is about a magazine reporter (Eisenberg) recounting his travels and conversations with author David Foster Wallace (Segel) during a promotional book tour.
Acoording to other reports – “The End of the Tour” – “follows the relationship between author David Foster Wallace and Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky. Segel will play Wallace who committed suicide in 2008 while Eisenberg will play the RS reporter who was following Wallace around the country as he promoted his book Infinite Jest. As Wallace rose to fame, a rivalry developed between the two men”.