/Will Smith movie Emancipation pulled from Georgia over voting law now filming in New Orleans – WDSU New Orleans

Will Smith movie Emancipation pulled from Georgia over voting law now filming in New Orleans – WDSU New Orleans


A movie recently pulled from Georgia over its controversial election law is now being produced in New Orleans. It was announced Tuesday in a news conference held by the City of New Orleans that production of the movie “Emancipation” will be moved to New Orleans following controversy surrounding Georgia’s recent election restrictions law. The movie stars Will Smith and is being directed by Antoine Fuqua.”New Orleans is a welcoming city, which is why we believe they chose to move their production,” said Beau Tidwell, Communications Director for the City of New Orleans. The film is the largest and most high-profile Hollywood production to depart the state since Georgia’s Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law that introduced stiffer voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, limited drop boxes and gave the State Election Board new powers to intervene in county election offices and to remove and replace local election officials, according to the Associated Press. Opponents have said the law is designed to reduce the impact of minority voters.“Emancipation” had been scheduled to begin shooting in June. Apple Studios acquired the film last year in a deal reportedly worth $130 million. Based on a true story, the film stars Smith as a slave who flees a Louisiana plantation and joins the Union Army, according to the Associated Press.

A movie recently pulled from Georgia over its controversial election law is now being produced in New Orleans.

It was announced Tuesday in a news conference held by the City of New Orleans that production of the movie “Emancipation” will be moved to New Orleans following controversy surrounding Georgia’s recent election restrictions law.

The movie stars Will Smith and is being directed by Antoine Fuqua.

“New Orleans is a welcoming city, which is why we believe they chose to move their production,” said Beau Tidwell, Communications Director for the City of New Orleans.

The film is the largest and most high-profile Hollywood production to depart the state since Georgia’s Republican-controlled state legislature passed a law that introduced stiffer voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, limited drop boxes and gave the State Election Board new powers to intervene in county election offices and to remove and replace local election officials, according to the Associated Press.

Opponents have said the law is designed to reduce the impact of minority voters.

“Emancipation” had been scheduled to begin shooting in June. Apple Studios acquired the film last year in a deal reportedly worth $130 million. Based on a true story, the film stars Smith as a slave who flees a Louisiana plantation and joins the Union Army, according to the Associated Press.

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