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REPORT: Hollywood directors announce boycotts on filming projects in Georgia after new voter law

James Mangold - Ford v Ferrari
Director James Mangold attends a press conference for “Ford v Ferrari” on day six of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Toronto. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

Mark Hamill and director James Mangold are boycotting filming projects in Georgia in response to the state’s controversial new voter law, according to Screen Rant. 

The law was signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp on March 25. Notable figures including President Biden and former member of the Georgia House of Representatives Stacey Abrams have spoken out against the bill. As the anger grows, filmmakers and performers are leaning towards the notion of pulling their projects out of the Peach State, which has long served as a popular filming location for many projects thanks to its tax incentives. Now, two of Hollywood’s biggest names have joined the boycott.

Mangold, who directed Logan and the recent Oscar-winner Ford v Ferrari, voiced his protest last week on Twitter over the new voting law. After friend and production designer François Audouy, who worked with the Logan director on titles like The Wolverine, tweeted back, “I will not design a film in Georgia,” the social media support expanded. Star Wars icon Hamill joined the chat over the weekend, adding to the conversation about the Georgia voting bill on Twitter. When posed the notion of boycotting bringing filming productions to the state, Hamill tweeted his complete support.

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