Chris Evans’ new TV series ‘Defending Jacob’ is filming in Belmont
By Joanna Tzouvelis firstname.lastname@example.org Posted Apr 9, 2019 at 1:07 PM Updated Apr 9, 2019 at 4:36 PM
The filming for the series “Defending Jacob” is taking place throughout the state, including Belmont. Work officially kicked off in Hudson on April 1 and will be setting up camp soon on Ivy and Rutledge Roads beginning April 26, then continuing April 29 through May 3.
Actor Chris Evans, originally from Sudbury, known for his role as superhero Captain America, is the star of the Apple TV series produced by Paramount Television, based on a book of the same name 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.
Other stars in the series include Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Jaeden Martell, previously credited as Jaeden Lieberher, (’It” and “Masters of Sex”).
The TV crew filmed in Hudson April 1 and has since moved on to Worcester. Filming will continue on Natick Common in Framingham April 10 and 11.
Location manager Ryan Cook said the main character’s house would be on Ivy Road, which represents quintessential New England. The set will be located at 16 Ivy Road which is the home of the show’s main character played by Evans.
Cook said they will be doing exterior filming for 14 hours each day on Ivy Road beginning April 26 and continuing April 29 through May 3, going until midnight on each of the Fridays; and one day of filming for two to three hours during the day on April 29 at 6 Rutledge Road for a scene involving a garbage truck which will travel around the corner towards Lawrence Lane.
Preparation for the filming will begin two weeks prior. Dumpsters and porta-potties will be delivered, generators, cable and lighting will be set up and much more. The prep crew of 85 people will park at St. Paul Lutheran Church on the Concord Turnpike. The base camp with about 60 crew members and actors will be set up at St. Camillus Parish in Arlington on the Concord Turnpike.
Cook said he will communicate with residents and offer payment if their house will be involved in any of the scenes or parking is impacted. The road will be closed and manned by police details during filming, however residents will be given passes to gain access. He said his ultimate goal is for people to feel involved and satisfied. He said there will be a 24-hour complaint line. He assured the Selectmen he would work with the neighborhood and black out windows, if requested so homeowners aren’t bothered by the light.
Cook said he recognizes residential neighborhoods are challenging to film in, especially at night. He believes he can solve any problem and work with the community. The crew will also label and move trash and recycling bins to the end of the road on collection day April 29 and return them to the owners after they are collected so the trucks will not need to drive on the blocked streets.
To show their appreciation to the town, Paramount Television presented a monetary donation in a sealed envelope to the Selectmen at the April 8 meeting. The envelope will remain sealed and the amount of the donation unknown until the filming of “Defending Jacob” is completed. It is expected to air in July 2020. The Selectmen voted unanimously in favor of accepting the donation and using it to help fund the renovation of the police and public works facilities.
The location team is the same team who scouted a home in Belmont for the movie, “The Judge,” starring Robert Downey, Jr. which was filmed on Fletcher Road for two days in July 2013. Cook said, “The Cardinal” was also filmed in Belmont in 1963.
Metrowest Daily News reporter Cesareo Contreras also contributed to this story.
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at 4:53 PM Updated Apr 30, 2019 at 4:53 PM
During this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see a lot of landscaping and construction trucks around town for home improvement projects. However, there are six areas in Belmont this week with an abundance of trucks and trailers affiliated with Paramount Television’s production of “Defending Jacob.”
Filming began this week on one of Belmont Hill’s quietest neighborhood streets lined with nine homes, Ivy Road. It is expected to wrap up on May 3. Trucks and trailers related to the project are parked on Lawrence Lane, Leicester, Clairemont, and Richmond Roads, Pleasant Street and in the St. Camillus Church parking lot on the Arlington/Belmont line.
One of the nine homes, 16 Ivy Road, was scouted by the location crew for the series and chosen to be the home of the show’s hero played by Sudbury native Chris Evans. Evans plays the father of a 14-year-old boy accused of murder. The son, Jacob, is played Jaeden Martell who starred in the horror movie, “It.”
Jacob’s mother is played by the actress famous for her role as Mary in “Downton Abbey,” Michelle Dockery. Dockery was jogging up and down Ivy Road the morning of April 29 for one of the show’s scenes. Immaculata De Vivo who lives at 26 Lawrence Lane, could see everything from her dining room window.
De Vivo has lived in her home with her daughter, Samantha since 2004. When she received the notification about the project filming near her home, she said she was very excited. “This is a very, very quiet neighborhood with low traffic. For us, to have a little bit of short term excitement for six to 10 days, we could put up with that,” she said.
The crew is using her driveway during the filming. De Vivo said her daily routine hasn’t been affected. She said the crew has been very accommodating. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the consideration they’ve shown,” she said.
All of the filming is taking place outdoors on Ivy Road. It starts in the early morning and some nights will go as late as 11 p.m. De Vivo said Location Manager Jeremy Fiske said he would text her and another neighbor to turn on their lights for certain scenes being filmed at night.
She thinks things will get back to normal after the filming. “No crowds just a few looky loos, but that is expected. Our neighborhood is as quite and bucolic as ever,” she said.
"The movie came to life every time you were on the screen." Stan Lee to Chris Evans.
PHOTOS: Paramount Television filming ‘Defending Jacob’ in Belmont April 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm
There will be additional trucks throughout Belmont this week while the filming for Paramount Television’s production of ‘Defending Jacob’ takes place on Ivy Road. Actress Michelle Dockery was filming a jogging scene on Ivy Road the morning of April 29, 2019. Catering trucks are parked in front of Plymouth Congregational Church on Pleasant Street in Belmont. The parking lot of St. Camillus Church in Arlington has become the base camp for the trailers related to the production. Exterior filming will take place on Ivy Road through May 3, 2019.