Lights, camera, action: Sony Pictures shoots 'Bonnie & Clyde' miniseries at St. Gabriel Grocery & Deli

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
A Sony Pictures film crew prepares for the filming of a scene of “Bonnie & Clyde: Dead and Alive” at St. Gabriel Grocery & Deli on Friday afternoon. The television miniseries is set to air in the fall on the Lifetime Movie Network. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

ST. GABRIEL – Antique cars could be seen driving down River Road on Friday afternoon.

Their destination?

The St. Gabriel Grocery & Deli where they will be part of the television miniseries "Bonnie & Clyde: Dead and Alive" which is filming throughout south Louisiana.

Owner Wayne Roy closed the store that has been in existence since the 1820's for a few hours to accommodate the shoot.

"They said they would like to use the store for filming and I was fine with it," Roy said. "This is the second time somebody filmed here."

Roy said the television series "The Riches" starring Minnie Driver was also filmed at the store.

Sony Pictures began filming "Bonnie & Clyde" in March and expects to wrap up shooting this spring. Filming will take place in St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, Livonia, St. Gabriel, Port Allen and Donaldsonville.

The series is set to air on the Lifetime Movie Network and History Channel this fall.

The film is based on the true story of Clyde Barrow, a charismatic convicted armed robber who sweeps Bonnie Parker, an impressionable, petite, small-town waitress, off her feet before they embark on one of most infamous bank-robbing sprees in history.

Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger will star in the title roles. Lane Garrison stars as Clyde's brother, Buck, and Sarah Hyland's plays his wife, Blanche.

The rest of the cast includes a pair of Oscar winners in William Hurt and Holly Hunter. Hurt will play Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, while Hunter plays Bonnie's mother.

Another Oscar winner Bruce Beresford is directing the film. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are the producers.

Roy said the scene filmed at The St. Gabriel Grocery & Deli portrays a shooting at a general store.

"The gun is actually going to go off and kill a guy," Roy said. "Supposedly, he and his wife live upstairs and she sees everything from the porch but Bonnie and Clyde doesn't see her or know she is up there."