By _YBF

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Looks like Spike Lee’s new controversial film Chiraq is starting to shape up in Chicago. Peep pics of Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, LaLa Anthony and more around the Windy City inside….

Although Spike Lee’s upcoming film Chiraq has drawn some criticism and backlash recently, it appears the movie has started production in Chicago.

Production assistant Anya Adams snapped a pic of The Butler star John Cusack, Expendables 3 star Wesley Snipes and “America’s Got Talent” host Nick Cannon gathered a few days ago at the very first table read for the upcoming flick about the violence that plagues Chicago.

A few weeks ago, the Oscar nominated director spoke during a news conference at St. Sabina Catholic Church in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood to address the backlash and rumors circulating about his film. In short, he said,

“Everything I’ve done has led up to this film,” Lee said, adding a simple overall message: Don’t prejudge the film, whatever it may depict or be titled.

“I love Chicago, you know,” he said. “Wait until the movie comes out. You don’t like it, you don’t like, but wait, see it first. This is not a joke, this is not a game,” he said, “this is real life and death, and that’s the way we are going to approach this.”

There haven’t been many details about the film, but we have heard rumors of who may star in the film. And recently, a few of them have been posting up flicks while out and about in Chicago:

“Power” star LaLa Anthony has been rumored to star in the film and she was spotted in Chi-town over the weekend with friends, including Derrick Rose’s baby’s mother Mieka Reese.

Nick Cannon has been posting up shots from the Windy City. A few days ago, he said, “Nothing but love on the Southside of Chicago yesterday. The youngsters held me down! #rockyourdrop #ChicagoStandUp”

Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is also rumored to have signed up for the film. Last week, J-Hud made a visit to her alma mater Dunbar Vocational High School in Chi-town:

A video posted by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on May 21, 2015 at 1:51pm PDT

Today, LaLa was busy rocking out to Rihanna’s “BBHMM” in the car with “The Wire” star Felicia “Snoop” Pearson:

A video posted by Felicia Pearson (@bmoresnoop) on May 28, 2015 at 8:41am PDT

Ha!

A few other YBF folks are rumored to be on the set, including Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Common and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey).

There have also been a few celeb sightings around the city. According to the Chicago Tribune, The Game and Trey Songz were partying (separately) at Studio Paris nightclub inside Paris Club Bistro & Bar on May 16th, Chance the Rapper dined at Lou Malnati’s on May 17th and former president Bill Clinton had lunch at Joe Fish on May 18th.

Who’s excited?

Photos: LaLa’s IG/Nick’s IG/@whatsanyamind/@miekajoi_

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