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Hulu Is Filming A Pilot For A Political Dystopia Called 'Kansas City' ... In Atlanta

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Hulu is casting the pilot for a TV show called "Kansas City," which will be filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The concept for the show is dystopian. According to KMBC, it will be set in Kansas City, in a future in which the city is deeply divided between liberals and conservatives with a wall between the two sides.

The website backstage.com has listed a casting call for background actors for the pilot. The casting call is seeking people aged 18-25 who have "gun-handling experience." The announcement says cast members are wanted to play high schoolers in the show.

This will not be the first time the greater Atlanta area is used as a stand-in for Missouri. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Atlanta locations were used to film the popular Netflix series "Ozark," which is set around Lake of the Ozarks. The ABC show "Resurrection," set in Iron County, Missouri, was also shot in greater Atlanta. 

Kansas City Film Commissioner Stephanie Scupham told KCUR she learned about the project by chance during a visit to Los Angeles. She said the project will be produced by Amblin, a division of Dreamworks, and that the showrunners for the pilot will be the same as those for the FX drama "The Americans," which recently aired its last episode.

“I have reached out to them, partially to let them know that we are here,” Scupham said. “We would love to host the writers’ room, we would love to have producers in (and) locations people in, to get to know Kansas City, to do research.”

Scupham said Kansas City and the states of Kansas and Missouri are not in a position to offer financial incentives to attract producers of large television series. However, she said, Kansas City has a local incentive for entertainment production that brings in projects that are “a good fit for it” that still have an impact on the city.

Nicolas Telep is KCUR's morning news intern. 

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