Chris Evans' new TV series “Defending Jacob” is filming in Hudson
HUDSON — The filming for the series “Defending Jacob” officially kicked off Monday.
A Paramount Television film crew was stationed at Robinson’s Hardware and at the corner of School and Washington streets from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. School Street was closed from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. To accommodate the filming.
Police were on scene to help direct traffic.
Hudson residents Kristen Piso and Lynn Valcourt said they were excited the crew was in town.
“We had the day off, so we’d thought we’d come down and check it out,” Valcourt said.
They are fans of Chris Evans, the show’s star. Evans, who is known for playing Captain America in a variety of Marvel movies, grew up in Sudbury.
Piso said it is “great to see Hudson get some good publicity.”
The Apple TV series is based on a book of the same name written by William Landay. The book centers around a father dealing with the ramifications of his 14-year-old son being accused of murder.
Landay’s novel was on The New York Times’ best-seller list for nine months. His novel is “a page-turning, stomach-clenching exploration of family — and a disturbing look into today’s society,” according to Chevy Stevens, another New York Times best-selling author.
Stars in the series include Evans, Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Jaeden Martell, previously credited as Jaeden Lieberher, (’It” and “Masters of Sex”).
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Chris Evans is back in his home state. The actor and Sudbury native will reportedly shoot scenes for the upcoming Apple TV+ series “Defending Jacob” in several Boston area cities and towns over the next couple of months.
The Milford Daily News first spotted film crews in Hudson on Monday, and paparazzi footage published by the Daily Mail captured Evans shooting a rage-filled scene at the corner of School Street and Washington Street in the town, with Evans angrily confronting a driver and then punching the man’s car as he drives away.
Details about precisely where and when the show will film are being kept under wraps in the interest of mitigating excess traffic and disturbances for the towns in which the show will film. That said, Newton Patch reported last month that “Defending Jacob” will film in several locations around the city through the end of May, and the show will reportedly also shoot in Belmont, Framingham, Natick, Needham, and Worcester.
“Defending Jacob” is based on a 2012 novel of the same name by local author William Landay. The book is set in Newton and concerns a lawyer named Andy Barber whose whole life changes when his 14-year-old son is accused of killing a classmate. Evans will play Barber, while Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) will play Barber’s wife, and Jaeden Martell (“It”) will appear as Jacob, the teen accused of murder.
Evans was also in Massachusetts in 2018 to film “Knives Out,” a modern murder mystery co-starring Daniel Craig (James Bond in the four most recent Bond films), Toni Collette (“Hereditary”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”), Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You”), Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water”), and his “Defending Jacob” costar Martell.
“Defending Jacob” is just one of the star-studded shows that will debut on Apple’s streaming service. Others include “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” starring Jennifer Garner, and “The Morning Show,” a series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Acton native Steve Carell. While Apple has said that the streaming service will debut this fall, it has not announced any specific release dates for its shows.
‘Defending Jacob’: Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel & Sakina Jaffrey Round Out Series Regular Cast Of Apple Series
EXCLUSIVE: Apple’s Defending Jacob has rounded out its series regular cast as production gets underway in Boston, MA, we hear. Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale, 24) Pablo Schreiber (American Gods, First Man), Betty Gabriel (Get Out, Counterpart) and Sakina Jaffrey (Timeless, House of Cards) have been cast opposite Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell in the limited drama series based on William Landay’s bestselling novel, from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.
Created and written by Mark Bomback and directed by Morten Tyldum, the limited series is described as a a gripping, character-driven thriller based on Landay’s 2012 novel published by Random House. The book tells the story of a father, Andy Barber (Evans), dealing with the accusation that his son, Jacob (Martell), is a 14-year-old murderer.
Jones will play Joanna Klein, a top defense lawyer in the area. Schreiber will portray Neal Logiudice, another Assistant District Attorney and colleague of Andy Barber’s (Evans). Gabriel is Paula Duffy, a detective who works alongside Andy Barber. Jaffrey will play County District Attorney Lynn Canavan.
Bomback, who also will serve as showrunner, Evans and Tyldum, who also directs, executive produce with Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman for Anonymous Content.
Jones received an Emmy for her portrayal of Allison Taylor in 24, and she’s known for her work in The Handmaid’s Tale and Transparent, among other credits. She is repped by WME.
Schreiber stars as Mad Sweeney on Starz’s American Gods and was recently seen in features First Man, Den of Thieves and Skyscraper. He’s repped by WME, Circle of Confusion and attorney Karl Austen.
Gabriel’s previous credits include Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Blumhouse’s Upgrade, Starz’s series Counterpart and HBO’s Westworld. She’ll next be seen in an episode of CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone and upcoming film Human Capital. Gabriel is repped by ICM Partners and Untitled Entertainment.
Jaffrey starred as Agent Denise Christopher in NBC’s Timeless. She’s also known for her previous role as White House Chief of Staff Linda Vasquez in Netflix’s House of Cards, and for her recurring role on The Mindy Project. She’s repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency.
Chris Evans, in Worcester for TV shoot, seen at Vincent’s bar
WORCESTER – After disappointing fans who expected to see Captain America during an early afternoon film shoot Thursday on Ingleside Avenue, Chris Evans (aka the man behind the “Cap” mask and red, white and blue “Vibranium”-steel alloy shield) was spotted on a closed set on Suffolk Street a few hours afterward.
Evans, who is filming the Apple TV+ television miniseries “Defending Jacob” in communities throughout the area, shot a scene coming out of the archway of the old Come Play Products building on Suffolk Street.
In the scene, Evans, who is crossing the street with an actress apparently playing a district attorney, is badgering her about the accusations that his teenage son is a murderer.
Sporting the same beard as in the last Avengers movie and wearing a hooded sweatshirt (the scene is supposed to be happening in June), Evans is still arguing with the D.A. when she hops into a black Chevrolet Tahoe and drives away, leaving Captain America in the dust.
For the scene, the SUV is parked right in front of Vincent’s at 49 Suffolk St. There is no way the popular watering hole didn’t make it in the shot.
The Suffolk Street shoot, scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, featured this scene shot an estimated 15 times from different angles. In between filming the scene, Evans sat inside the bar, tweeting away on his smartphone and keeping to himself.
Glenn Sullivan was standing outside, at the side of Vincent’s, when he was offered a role as an extra.
“I was here. I was watching them set up and one of the production assistants came over to me and said they like what I look like and decided it was a good look to have in the background as a bar patron hanging outside.”
In his big scene, the bushy-haired information technician - who lives in Paxton, is originally from Holden, and works in Worcester - is talking on the phone in front of Vincent’s.
“I get off the phone as they come to the car and I open the door (to Vincent’s) and walk into the bar,” Mr. Sullivan said. “It’s 40 seconds of film that it’s going to be that they’re shooting all day long.”
Although he’s one Avengers movie behind, Mr. Sullivan said he’s a “big-time fan” of Evans and a “big Marvel geek.”
While only members of the cast and crew, police on detail and Vincent’s workers and regulars were allowed on Suffolk Street during filming, earlier in the day 20 or so people came out to catch a glimpse of Evans at 7 Ingleside Ave., where the web miniseries was being filmed.
Evans, best known for playing Captain America in three Captain America movies and four Avengers movies, including the eagerly anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” was a no-show at Ingleside Avenue.
For Evans’ disappointed fans who waited for hours on Ingleside, it must have been as if Thanos snapped his fingers once again and turned Captain America into dust.
Academy Award-nominated Norwegian film director Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”), wearing a knitted hat and colorful scarf, was seen during shooting at both locations. At Ingleside Avenue, Tyldum shot a scene on the porch featuring Jaeden Martell (“It”), who plays Jacob, the title character in the TV project.
Alex Dossantos, who lives across the street from 7 Ingleside Ave., was frolicking around the front yard with her toddler, Wyatt (nicknamed “Thor,” who was swinging), and their husky-Malinois dog, Doc Holiday.
“My son’s entire room is superheroes,” Ms. Dossantos said as her pint-sized son, nine days shy of his 2nd birthday, was swinging a toy “Stormbreaker” battle-ax/hammer. And she likes Evans. “I think he’s great.”
Twin sisters Nicole and Samantha Perry of Worcester were positioned atop a hill overlooking the filming location.
“It’s not often somebody comes to our hometown to film, so it’s quite exciting,” Nicole Perry said. “We actually came out six years ago or so when they were filming ‘American Hustle’ downtown on Main Street, and we saw Bradley Cooper.”
“Chris Evans is just a hometown hero,” Samantha Perry added. “I’m in film school, myself, right now. It’s cool to come down and check out what’s happening. It was really cool to see ‘American Hustle’ as well.”
Retired wedding videographer Bob Mulrain, who heard of Evans through his daughter (and confesses that he wouldn’t recognized the actor if he walked by him), said he’s pretty excited that they are filming on his street, just two houses away from his.
“It’s always been quiet around here,” Mr. Mulrain said. “It’s time that we got some action.”
Worcester residents are no strangers to movie crews. Last year, actor Liam Neeson shot several scenes of “Honest Thief” in the city.
"The movie came to life every time you were on the screen." Stan Lee to Chris Evans.