Channing Tatum has been in the The Big Easy since last week to prep for his next film (aka ‘21 Jump Street‘), and he finally began principal photography on the comedy with fellow co-star and executive producer Jonah Hill (who continues to tweet from location) in New Orleans, Louisiana this morning.
In addition to executive producing, Chan and Jonah will star as two undercover cops, Jenko and Schmidt, who are assigned to work inside schools. Here’s a couple great fan encounter pics from today’s filming that extra Travis White took with Chan and Jonah…
In the casting department, there continues to be a ton of news as they add more actors to the ever-growing roster…
Recently, Variety reported that Daily Show funny man Rob Riggle was in talks to join the comedy as the main villain, that comedian DeRay Davis will play Domingo (a tattooed leader of a biker gang that doubles as a drug ring), and that rising star Jake Johnson has also been cast as a principal in the Columbia Pictures’ action comedy.
Deadline.com reported that Ice Cube was in negotiations to join the film as Chan and Jonah’s police chief and that Brie Larson was added to the cast in the lead female role of Molly (possibly Jonah’s love interest in the film).
The film news site has also reported that Dave Franco (James Franco‘s brother) will play a villain named Eric in ‘21 Jump Street‘. The character is supposedly the most popular kid in school, who also happens to be a huge drug dealer, and Jonah Hill’s character will befriend him to infiltrate the “cool kid crowd”.
Today, Collider.com also reported that Johnny Simmons (‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’) has been cast in the film.
On the Johnny Depp front, ComingSoon.net and Entertainment Weekly reported today that the actor, who played Officer Tom Hanson in the TV series the film is based on for 80 episodes, will have an uncredited cameo in the movie!!!
The film is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a screenplay by Michael Bacall and is based on a treatment from Hill and Bacall. Neal H. Moritz will produce the film with Stephen J. Cannell, who will receive posthumous credit.
Thanks to Jonah once again for the exclusive photos! The production will be filming through the end of June, so I’m sure there’s more pics to come, and if reports are correct, ‘21 Jump Street‘ will hit a theater near you March 16, 2012.
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