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DiCaprio’s production company built Ybor in Georgia. Now it’s using Tampa for the Space Coast


Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions became the symbol for the Tampa Bay area’s fledgling film industry in 2015. When making the movie Live By Night, the actor’s company chose to recreate Ybor City in Georgia rather than shoot in the authentic district.

Four years later, Appian Way actually came to town, becoming part of the area’s now-burgeoning film industry. This time, though, Tampa served as the mid-20th century Space Coast.

From July 23 to 25, Appian Way used downtown Tampa’s Floridan Palace Hotel for scenes for National Geographic’s upcoming The Right Stuff, a television series based on Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book by the same title that chronicles the United States’ first human spaceflight program. See more here.


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