Leverage is a crime drama series that ran successfully on TNT from 2008 to 2012. The series, praised for its performances and storytelling, enjoyed a significant number of viewers. Taking into account the positive reception and massive fan following, the producers decided to revive the action-crime drama series, and thus “Leverage: Redemption” was born. With much of the longtime cast returning to once again make their mark on television, the IMDb TV show was a promising follow-up to the critically acclaimed original series.
Created by Chris Downey and John Rogers, the revival series follows a group of ex-cons who use their “skills” to help those hurt by government or business. The group consists of a Hacker, a Hitter, a Grifter, a Thief and new members Fixer and Maker. The group follows the idea of robbing the rich to help the poor. Sadly, insurance fraud investigator Nate Ford AKA Mastermind’s favorite character passes away before the series begins, and the team is doing their best to follow in his footsteps. If you’re wondering where “Leverage: Redemption” was filmed, we’ve got you covered.
Leverage: Redemption Filming Locations
The show’s first season was initially slated to begin filming in late June to early July 2020. However, it had to be postponed to mid-July or August due to the Covid-19 crisis. Finally, main photography began on August 10, 2020, but was halted twice, once due to the approach of Hurricane Laura and once during the landfall of Hurricane Zeta.
Production for the first season finally ended a few months later, in March 2021. Shot on location, primarily in New Orleans, Louisiana, the film crew took advantage of various indoor and outdoor shooting locations around the city, depending on their convenience. Let’s take a closer look at the exact filming locations, shall we?
New Orleans, Louisiana
‘Leverage: Redemption’ was filmed primarily in and around New Orleans, taking advantage of the modern metropolis for its vibrant mix of culture and lifestyle. Located on the Mississippi River, the vibrant city has been a destination for several directors and has already played film crews for movies and shows, including “Django Unchained,” “Captain Marvel,” and “The Originals.”
For ‘Leverage: Redemption’, the film crew scoured New Orleans, looking for the perfect backdrops for the scenes. Of the various locations, the film crew used an airplane hanger and several indoor locations to shoot some scenes. Outdoor scenes are shot on city streets, parks and seemingly on a golf course as well.
In addition, almost all the indoor sets, especially the group headquarters and the heist locations, have been recreated by the film crew in a studio. With the series constantly changing places from varied backgrounds, the art and design department was hard at work; as Gina Bellman said, “We have such an incredible set designer and costume designer. They were really able to create these worlds because they are standalone episodes and we enter different worlds. In every episode, they made these worlds feel so lush.”
In addition, during the filming of Season 1 during COVID-19, the cast and crew strictly adhered to safety standards and guidelines, and periodic tests were conducted to keep everyone safe. The lockdown also put the team at a disadvantage, as valuable but essential assets such as a writer’s room were not available to them. But with the help of the veteran crew members and the studios who helped with the filming and recording, the cast has managed to bring back the flavor that will leave fans of the original ‘Leverage’ deeply nostalgic.