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Atlanta has a starring role in modern version of ‘Superfly’


Atlanta may indeed be the “Hollywood of the South,” but rarely does the city show up in the film as a viable star. For instance, “Black Panther,” one of the year’s biggest which was shot here, had no storyline tying the fictional Wakanda to Atlanta but instead served as a fill-in for Oakland, New York and London.

That’s not the case with “Superfly,” the 2018 update of the 1972 blaxploitation classic, where Atlanta is front and center, supplanting Harlem from the original.

“I think Atlanta is the new hub,” offered the film’s star Trevor Jackson during a February set visit in Norcross at a location “Black Panther” also used. “New York in the ‘70s was kind of similar. Everybody’s coming here. It’s the new exciting place to be.”

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