Will Smith and Warner Bros. upcoming film, Emancipation will no longer be filming in Georgia. The upcoming “runaway slave thriller” from Apple will be directed by Antoine Fuqua and star Will Smith.
The film was moved
The reported transit reportedly came from a direct response to the new voter law signed by Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp that requires more limiting voting arrangements, which many believe disproportionately affect minority voters.
It states this conclusion was established after conversations between filmmakers and film execs in Georgia and Louisiana. Stacey Abrams, along with Tyler Perry, have been urging studios not to quit projects in Georgia because of Kemp’s decision. The movie is now presumed to film in Louisiana- also where the real events of Emancipation actually took place.
Will Smith stars as the main character
Will Smith will be playing as Peter- a slave who escaped a plantation in Louisiana after he was whipped all throughout his life. He had to deceive cold-blooded hunters and the relentless swamps of Louisiana on a devious journey North until he joined the Union Army. When Peter exposed his bareback during an Army medical examination, pictures of his scars from a whipping given by plantation owners by John and Bridget Lyons nearly killed him. Will Smith plays a thriller that is based on his true story.
Fuqua and Will Smith both stated, “At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice. We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access. The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”
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