ARCADIA – A film crew has made arrangements to be in Arcadia on Friday to shoot a scene for the upcoming Hollywood movie called “Stillwater.” Even though the film stars Matt Damon, the production crew who booked the spots in Arcadia won’t say whether the Hollywood actor actually will be shooting any scenes in Arcadia. Damon had been spotted around Oklahoma during the summer while scouting for the movie that is also being filmed in Coyle.
Arcadia Mayor James Woodard said it’s an honor for the town to be chosen for a film, and it’s not the first time.
“I often wonder what it is about Arcadia that people want to be here,” he said with a laugh. “Maybe the reason is that it’s a unique place.”
Ann Young, president of the Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society, said the crew is scheduled to use the restrooms at the Arcadia Round Barn on Friday. They wont be using the outhouse that’s on display at the historic site, but maybe they’ll also spend some time looking at all of the interesting things at the Round Barn.
“Arcadia is a friendly and picturesque town with an interesting history. It is clearly the perfect spot to film a movie,” Young said.
Linda Simonton, co-owner of the Arcadia Farmers Market, said the studio will park its equipment at the farmers market.
“They are also leasing McClendon estate property on the south side of Route 66 for other trailers, parking and support facilities,” Simonton said. “The scene is scheduled to be shot this Friday, but that is contingent on their schedule and the weather.”
According to online press releases and movie trade publications, the Participant Media film follows an oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma, played by Damon, who travels to France to visit his estranged daughter, portrayed by Abigail Breslin, who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit.
Arcadia was also tapped for scenes in the 2016 thriller “Great Plains,” and the Pops restaurant and soda shop was featured in the 2011 movie “Bringing Up Bobby.”