Meridian Star

January 13, 2014

Filming for 'Get On Up' ongoing in Jackson

The Associated Press
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — Filming for the James Brown biopic "Get On Up" has shifted to Jackson.

Trish Hoffman, executive producer of the film, tells The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/JUm3of) with another two and a half weeks of filming left, Jackson residents can expect to feel the film crew's presence more and more.

Capitol Street, several Jackson restaurants and the Mississippi Coliseum are a few locations where filming is planned.

"Get On Up" began filming in Natchez in November. The film, which is being directed by Tate Taylor, who also directed the Academy Award-nominated film "The Help," will depict Brown's life from when he was nearly 5 years old in 1938 until he was about 60 in 1993.

Extras arrived this past week at Jackson's Thalia Mara Hall, where they were transformed into fans from concert scenes in various time periods.

"We actually got through one of our biggest shoots, one of our largest concert scenes, and Thalia Mara has been amazing. . It has been a nice welcome to Jackson.

"The entire shoot is 10 weeks, and the big bulk of the music numbers were saved for Jackson," Hoffman said.

Hoffman said a plus to being in Mississippi is the local talent.

"One of the things that we've been lucky about is having access to a really good group of musicians. . That's been great, and it seems obvious now with Mississippi's blues roots," she said.

Ward Emling of the Mississippi Film Office said more than 1,000 extras were on set for the Thalia Mara Hall filming.

"They're not filming anywhere else, just here in Jackson and Natchez," Emling said.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com