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Disney's new 'National Treasure' series begins filming in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE - A film crew was spotted in south Baton Rouge Tuesday as production got underway for a new television series heading to Disney's streaming service.

Photos showed set workers placing equipment in the parking lot of the Ideal Market on Burbank Drive near Staring Lane early that morning. The shoot is for a Disney+ 'National Treasure' series based on the film franchise starring Nicolas Cage.

The series will not only feature Ideal Market as a backdrop, but employees who work there as well.

"All of them stepped forward and they are so excited about it. I mean we have been up since 3 a.m. and I feel like I just got up. I'm full of energy and so are they. They are all in dressing rooms right now and getting the star treatment and they just love it," said Ben Castro, the Marketing Manager of Ideal Market.

Ben Castro hopes the national spotlight will help the already growing business gain more notoriety. 

"This isn’t a commercial, ten years from now you're watching TBS and you see this film and you're going to see that Ideal logo so we're very excited about this," Castro said. 

James Johnson was born and raised in Baton Rouge and his son will work on the series. He's excited to see his home town shine. 

"It's cool…especially considering we’re two minutes from my house from where we're shooting right now, it's a big deal," Johnson said. 

The television series is said to be an expansion of the earlier films starring a new, younger cast. The cast will feature Lyndon Smith, Zuri Reed, Jake Austin Walker, Antonio Cipriano, Jordan Rodrigues, and Lisette Alexis.

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