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Syfy’s newest shark-themed movie will be filming in Ocean Springs

Ocean Springs resident Jeremy London and his brother, Jason, will help make a shark movie for the Syfy network in Ocean Springs.
Ocean Springs resident Jeremy London and his brother, Jason, will help make a shark movie for the Syfy network in Ocean Springs. Courtesy

Ocean Springs is going to need a bigger boat — it’s on the verge of a major shark attack.

“Mississippi River Shark” will begin shooting in the city in February. It will air on Syfy later this year. And it involves an Ocean Springs resident and his twin brother.

“My brother, Jason, talked the producers of the film into coming down to Ocean Springs and checking it out and they decided to shoot it here,” said “Mallrats” and “Party of Five” actor Jeremy London, whose twin, Jason London, starred in “Dazed and Confused.” “They came here and fell in love with the place and put me in charge of casting.”

Jeremy London said his brother will also star in the film.

London owns and operates the London Arts Acting Studio in St. Martin. He said the film will be a great opportunity for his students.

“This will be the first big film for that the London Arts Acting Studio students can audition for and really have a chance to get into it and we are going to use the students in the background shots,” he said. “It’s the coolest thing — I’m over the moon.”

But he said there is no guarantee his students will make the cut.

“This is not just for my students,” he said. “The audition is for the entire Coast acting community.”

“Mississippi River Shark” is the second Syfy shark movie to be filmed on the Coast. “Shark Lake,” which starred Dolph Lundgren, was shot in Ocean Springs and other South Mississippi locations in 2015.

The film’s producers will be shooting for the film Feb. 13-25.

This is the second film Jeremy London has been involved with on the Coast. He directed the short film “Monsters Anonymous” last year. It was written by Coast residents Wallace Phelps and Jason Robbins and was shot in Ocean Springs. The film is now making the festival circuit.

“We’re hoping to bring more movies here after we finish the one for Syfy,” London said.

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