The George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., will be closed to the public the rest of the week so Nicolas Cage, in his role of Benjamin Franklin Gates, can make a speech there. He'll be addressing 400 extras.
Filming for National Treasure: Book of Secrets, a sequel to the hit 2004 film National Treasure, starring Cage, Jon Voight and Diane Kruger, will be going on at the Masonic memorial through Saturday.
"It's very exciting," said George Seghers, director of the temple. "We've had movies for the History Channel and the Discovery Channel filmed here, but this is the first Hollywood movie to be filmed here. But I can't say much more than that."Masons | George Washington Masonic Memorial | National Treasure | Freemasonry | Nicolas Cage | Burning Taper | BurningTaper.com
But he did. Seghers said the temple will act as a stand-in for the Smithsonian in the movie.
"They're going to film in the auditorium, in the Memorial Hall and in a bathroom," said a temple employee who spoke on condition of anonymity because "we're not supposed to talk about it."