The Dukes of Hazzard: Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-comedy The Dukes of Hazzard, starring Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson, commenced principal photography on location in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on November 15th, it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. The film also stars Burt Reynolds, with Lynda Carter and Willie Nelson.

A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, The Dukes of Hazzard is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar (Club Dread, Super Troopers) and produced by Bill Gerber. Bruce Berman, Robert Kirby and Eric McLeod serve as executive producers. Larry Sher is the director of photography, Gary Steele is the production designer and Lee Haxall is the editor.

Based on the hit television series that ran from 1979-85, The Dukes of Hazzard is written by Jonathan Davis, with revisions by John O’Brien and Broken Lizard. Set in present day, the story follows the adventures of “good old boy” cousins, Bo (Seann William Scott) and Luke (Johnny Knoxville) Duke, who with the help of their eye-catching cousin Daisy (Jessica Simpson) and moonshine running Uncle Jesse (Willie Nelson), try and save the family farm from being destroyed by Hazzard County’s corrupt commissioner Boss Hogg (Burt Reynolds). Their efforts constantly find the “Duke Boys” eluding authorities in “The General Lee,” their famed 1969 orange Dodge Charger that keeps them one step ahead of the dimwitted antics of the small southern town’s Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (M.C. Gainey).

The Dukes of Hazzard will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. The film is scheduled for domestic release by Warner Bros. Pictures in Summer 2005.