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Will Smith Pulls Movie Production From Georgia in Response to New Voting Restrictions

Will Smith Pulls Movie Production From Georgia in Response to New Voting Restrictions

Will Smith is moving production for his upcoming movie Emancipation.

The 52-year-old actor released a joint statement with the film’s director, Antoine Fuqua, that they would not be shooting the project in Georgia as they do not want to support Georgia’s government, per Deadline.

Click inside to read their statement…

“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,” Will and Antoine wrote. “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,” they continued.

The pair’s decision comes after new legislation in Georgia placed a number of new restrictions on voting.

According to the New York Times, it includes limits on who is allowed to vote using provisional ballots, imposes new oversight over county election boards, and places restrictions on drop boxes. It also makes it a crime to offer food or water to those waiting in line to vote.

In the film, Will plays a real-life runaway slave who escapes to join the Union army. See more details about the movie here.

Will recently hinted about a possible future career in politics.

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