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Austin could soon be the set of the 'Walker, Texas Ranger' reboot starring Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki may be spotted more around town as he stars in "Walker," a reboot of the popular 90's crime series "Walker, Texas Ranger," that could be filmed in Austin.


KVUE reports, the city of Austin and Eye Productions are negotiating an incentive agreement which would allow "Walker" to start filming in Austin as soon as later this month until April 2021. The $141,326 incentive will allow the filming of 13 episodes.

Padalecki will be the title character "Cordell Walker" and the executive producer in the reboot of the original CBS action crime series which starred Chuck Norris for eight seasons.

On Michael Rosenbaum's podcast "Inside of You," Padalecki revealed he received a blessing from Norris to create the reboot.

In the new series Walker is a widower with two children who moves to Austin after working undercover for two years. Padalecki's wife, Genevieve Padalecki, will play his on-screen wife, Emily Walker.

Production for "Walker" was supposed to start in April but was pushed back due to the pandemic. Fans looking forward to the reboot will have to wait for the expected premiere in 2021 on the CW.

Padalecki is a San Antonio native and currently lives in Austin, frequently spotted around town, from the Austin City Limits music festival to 6th Street.

The actor rose to fame after appearing in the 2000's television series "Gilmore Girls" and is best known for his role as Sam Winchester on the popular Warner Bros. series, "Supernatural," along with Jensen Ackles, another Texas native. In 2008, Mayor Steve Adler proclaimed June 23 to be "Supernatural Day" in Austin. "Supernatural" finished filming its 15th and final season finale and is set to air on Oct. 8.

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