Willie Nelson filming new movie at Luck, Texas, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come”

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by:  Tyler White

Willie Nelson is on the road again and heading for a theater near you starring in a new film that will be shot at his iconic Luck, Texas ranch.

The film, “Waiting for the Miracle to Come,”will begin filming in March, with Nelson playing one of two retired vaudeville stars, alongside British actress Charlotte Rampling, according to Rolling Stone.

The ranch where the movie will be filmed works as both Nelson’s personal ranch and a small Western town originally built for the 1986 film “Red Headed Stranger,” which was also the name of one of Nelson’s albums.

In June, several buildings at Nelson’s ranch were severely damaged in heavy storms. Some of those damaged buildings included a church, opera house and Willie’s World Headquarters, among others.

Director and producer Lian Lunson said she wrote the script specifically for Nelson, telling a fantasy story about an aspiring trapeze artist who goes to the California desert and meets the two vaudeville stars.

“His presence and stillness as an actor are unlike anyone else. And growing up I always wanted to be Charlotte Rampling, so bringing these two icons together on screen is a dream come true for me,” Lunson said in a press release.

Along with the star power of Nelson, U2 frontman Bono will write an original song for the movie and Nelson will perform it.

Last year, the town was the locale for the Heartbreaker Banquet, a one-day music festival held during South by Southwest, according to Culture Map.

“Our beautiful Luck wasn’t so Lucky recently,” Nelson’s Facebook post at the time read. “Last week’s tornado force winds ripped several buildings apart, including the bank, the post office, and left World Headquarters holding on by a splinter. We are happy to report no one was hurt and the church only had a few windows blown out. Some towns got it a lot worse, so we aren’t complaining.”

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