Published On: Thu, Jun 26th, 2014

‘The Fantastic Four’ begins shoot in Baton Rouge, set photos show buff Jamie Bell

fantastic-four team banner marvel comicsDirector Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot movie is currently filming, and the production team has transformed Baton Rouge into New York City, revealed in a few new photos from the set.

In Latino Review’s June 25 article, fans get a peek at the various props and design for the Four’s Baxter Building and surrounding streetn.

FF was shutting down sections of Third and Convention street over the weekend. For those of you in the area or interested in the production process, Fox has been closing down public places under the name “Henry Street,” they noted asking for residents to send them pics from the area.

Jamie Bell was a surprise casting as The Thing, but Daily Mail snapped a pic from the set, noting he looks “rock solid” – check it out HERE

Fox is rebooting their Fantastic Four franchise with Chronicle director Trank and a new team of young actors: Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Bell, Miles Teller and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom. Jordan’s casting as Johnny Storm has created a stir because he is black and his character is caucasian and the sister of Kate Mara’s character, Susan.

Making race an issue with the casting has been dismissed by the film’s creators, but many fans don’t agree. Comic book creator takes issue with the casting explaining the difference between “Colorblind casting” and “Race swapping.” Here’s Bynre’s comments to Bleeding Cool from a week ago:

“This is, of course, why I maintain ‘colorblind casting’ and ‘race swapping’ are two different things. ‘Colorblind casting’ applies when the race of the character is not known. James Earl Jones in the Hunt for Red October, for instance. ‘Race swapping’ is when one known race is swapped out for another.

And from where I stand, race swapping is like treating a gangrenous leg by cutting off a toe. If there is a lack of roles, especially good roles, for ‘minority’ players – and there most certainly IS! – then FIX THAT. Don’t put a bandaid on it.

When it comes to casting a Black actor as Johnny Storm, there is a degree of historical ignorance at work that is insulting to Stan Lee and the memory of Jack Kirby.”

The Fantastic Four will open in theaters on June 19, 2015.

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  1. ‘The Fantastic Four’ wraps, Kate Mara tweets pic with Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Michael B Jordan - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] an African-American and the character is causasian. Creator John Byrne addressed the issue, stating “When it comes to casting a Black actor as Johnny Storm, there is a degree of historical […]

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