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Movie to start filming in Columbia in summer

Tony Grant, a singer and star on the Tyler Perry TV sitcom, “Love Thy Neighbor,” is starring in a movie being filmed in Columbia this summer.
Tony Grant, a singer and star on the Tyler Perry TV sitcom, “Love Thy Neighbor,” is starring in a movie being filmed in Columbia this summer. handout

A John Grisham-type legal drama will be filmed in Columbia for six weeks starting in July, Charlotte lawyer Ken Harris, the originator of the story, said Thursday.

The independent film, “REP,” will star Nephew Tommy, the co-host of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, and Tony Grant, a singer and star on the Tyler Perry TV sitcom, “Love Thy Neighbor.”

“I was enamored with Columbia because my son is at USC,” said Harris, in town for promotional interviews.

The team plans to use exterior shots of the Supreme Court on Gervais Street and the S.C. State House. Interior settings have not been chosen.

“What a wonderful environment for the movie; a wonderful setting,” said Harris, adding that the film will use student interns from Allen, Benedict and USC.

The story involves a prominent lawyer, down on his luck, who takes on a case for an elderly client with a Civil War-era document on reparations.

“He’s the kind of attorney who stands up for what’s good, what’s right,” said Grant, who plays an FBI agent trying to dissuade the lawyer from pursuing the case.

“He’s catching all this flak about it, and therein lies the drama.”

Dawn Hinshaw

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