Scottish-based production company McDongall films is to co-ordinate the Scottish element of the $15m US indie biopic Bobby Jones - Stroke Of Genius, which starts shooting in St Andrews on August 24.
Directed by Rowdy Herrington, the LLC, Dean River Productions film stars Jim Caviezel as the legendary American golfer who retired from competition in his twenties after winning the game's fabled Grand Slam.
Considered the Tiger Woods of his generation, Jones later built the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia and established the Masters Tournament. McDongall have hired a 100 strong local crew and will recruit over 1,200 extras for crowd scenes at St Andrews Old Course.
"This is a great opportunity for Scotland, " claims McDongall Films Carol McGregor, mother of Scots star Ewan McGregor. " We are hoping that the people of St Andrews will enjoy taking part in the spectacle as much as they did when Bobby Jones came back to visit the town in 1936 and 3,000 people showed up to watch Jones play the Old Course that day."
Scotland has provided locations for a number of international productions this year including Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and Jet Li, Morgan Freeman action thriller Danny The Dog. More recently German director Werner Herzog has visited the country for a documentary on the search for the Loch Ness monster.