Denzel Washington, Robert Downey Jr. to Shoot Movies in Boston in June
While David O. Russell and his hot A-list cast continued shooting American Hustle in Boston over the past two months, a couple more Hollywood projects are moving into town really soon—and they’re bringing several more big-name celebrities with them.
Production Weekly tweeted earlier yesterday that Robert Downey Jr. will be in Boston filming his movie, The Judge, on June 3 and Denzel Washington will begin shooting The Equalizer on June 17.
Production in #Boston begins next month on THE EQUALIZER w/ Denzel Washington (6/17) & THE JUDGE w/ Robert Downey Jr. (6/3)
— Production Weekly (@prodweek) May 4, 2013
According to screenrant.com, The Equalizer is expected to be the “red-hot” project of the year and some claim that the movie was “designed to launch the first franchise” for Washington. The film is loosely based on the 1980s TV series starring Edward Woodward as private detective Robert McCall. Deadline says Denzel Washington will play “a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized.”
While Washington’s whereabouts in Boston are currently under wraps, OnLocationVacations.com reported that Downey Jr.’s project will shoot in the Boston area (according to a Warner Bros. casting call) and also Shelburne Falls in Western Massachusetts. According to OLV, The Judge producers were in Shelburne scoping out the scene and were particularly interested in Memorial Hall, where they decided to hold staging and extras.
The Judge is a dramedy about a lawyer (Downey) who comes home for his mother’s funeral to discover his judge father is suspected to be her murderer. The film also stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Vera Farmiga (Safe House, The Departed), and Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon).
Here’s which celebrities to look out for in Boston this June:
Washington was most recently nominated for an Oscar as the drunk airline pilot, Whip Whitaker in Flight. Washington played Detective Alonzo Harris in Training Day and Coach Herman Boone in Remember The Titans.
Robert Downey Jr.
Downey is best known for his role as Iron Man in the multimillion-dollar movie franchise. He also played Sherlock Holmes in the film of the same name, and Peter Highman in Due Date.
This actress is known for her role as uptight schoolgirl from the Upper East Side, Blair Waldorf, in the popular TV series Gossip Girl. She also starred in The Roommate, That’s My Boy, and Country Strong alongside Gwyneth Paltrow.
Farmiga is known for her role as George Clooney’s love interest in Up in the Air. She’s also no stranger to Boston, having starred as the apple of Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon’s eyes in The Departed.
Billy Bob Thornton
Thornton played Coach Gary Gaines in the movie Friday Night Lights. He also played Dan Truman in Armageddon with Ben Affleck, and Agent Thomas Morgan in Eagle Eye.
As for David O. Russell’s American Hustle, shooting resumed in Worcester following the Boston Marathon, but actor Bradley Cooper took the time to go to hospitals around Boston to visit marathon victims along with the Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman. According to OLV’s American Hustle open thread, the movie will be back in the Boston area this week, per a casting call for May 8. Other fans claimed to have seen actor Christian Bale in the Braintree area, and another fan’s mom found Cooper shooting in Salem:
Wish I was home so I could go stalk Bradley Cooper in Salem. Thanks for te pic mom pic.twitter.com/JIlO3e1wpZ
— Nicole Lane (@nico_freakoo) May 1, 2013