President Barack Obama, headed to Atlanta for a fundraising visit at the Westin Peachtree Plaza on Tuesday, will work in a stop at the set of “42,” filming this week in Midtown and in Inman Park, according to a well-placed source with direct knowledge of the situation.
The movie is about Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color line when playing for the Dodgers. It has been filming in Macon, Chattanooga and Birmingham. Things are wrapping up this week in Midtown. Good timing for the president, whose people let it be known he’d like to stop by.
The movie folks were happy to oblige, and we hear from someone in a position to know that the visit is a go.
This will do traffic no favors, of course. Detours and lane closures are often part of the package when a movie films on city streets. Add in presidential security and … you get the idea.
According to fliers that went up over the weekend, filming is taking place in Midtown, on Cypress, West Peachtree and Peachtree streets this week. We drove by that area earlier and the only evidence of movie making we saw was a bunch of equipment on the sidewalk outside a location around the area of 6th and Cypress streets. It looked like things were just getting set up.
The moving is also doing some filming in Inman Park, on Edgewood Avenue between Elizabeth and Hurt streets.
We’ll post updates as they are available.
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org