Thurgood Marshall biopic will film in Buffalo. Production team plans to spend millions, hire more than 400

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A film about the early life of Thurgood Marshall will be filmed in Buffalo beginning in May. The production team expects to hire more than 400 crew members and extras, and book about 1,100 hotel room nights.

Hero Films, Chestnut Ridge Productions and Hudlin Entertainment are heading the production. The courtroom thriller focuses on a young Marshall prior to becoming the first African-American Supreme Court justice and his handling of a case that proved important to the Civil Rights Movement.

Pre-production is already underway and filming is set to begin in late May, primarily in Niagara Square at the Dillon Courthouse, in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

“Thurgood Marshall was a giant of the civil rights movement and the hosting of this film memorializing his great work is an honor,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “This production will help create hundreds of jobs and generate millions of dollars for the local economy, providing even more momentum to Buffalo’s economic resurgence and adding one more reason why this is a city on the move.”

“Marshall” is the latest major film production to tout New York State’s Film Production Tax Credit Program as a major factor in the selection of the Empire State as a filming location. Since 2004, 1,336 film and television projects have participated in the program and are estimated to have generated more than one million new hires and $20 billion in new spending in New York State. In 2015 alone, a record 203 film and television projects applied for the program, estimated to generate 187,764 new hires and $3.05 billion in new spending statewide.

Source: Gov. Cuomo’s office

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