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James Brown movie to be filmed in Natchez, Jackson

JACKSON (AP) — The Mississippi native who directed “The Help” says he’ll make a biographical feature film about James Brown in the state this fall.

Tate Taylor made the announcement Monday in Jackson, where he was joined by Gov. Phil Bryant.

Taylor grew up in Jackson and now has a home in southwest Mississippi, near Natchez.

Bryant says it will be filmed this fall in Natchez and Jackson, including filming at the Mississippi Coliseum on the state fairgrounds, where Brown performed a concert in February 1969.

The producers have committed to working with the state’s WIN Job Centers to hire extras and qualified crew members.

“Not only am I excited to bring such economic stimulus to my state, but also to showcase our beautiful Mississippi to the world,” Taylor said in a press release. “Every nook and cranny of our state is visually unique in its own way, and as Mississippi was an undeniable character in The Help, it will be even more so in this film about James Brown. With continued hard work by all Mississippians, I foresee many productions planting a flag here in the future.”

“The Help,” released in 2011, was filmed in several Mississippi locations, including Greenwood and Jackson.

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