WOBURN - Some of the biggest names in Hollywood may be in Woburn next Tuesday to film a scene for a movie scheduled to be released in December.
The shoot of the David O. Russell production will focus on the Clapp Elementary School on Arlington Road, across the street from Horn Pond. The film, which is yet untitled, is reportedly set around the Abscam scandal in the late '70s and early '80s and stars Jennifer Lawrence, who is the lead in the Hunger Games series and recently won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the Silver Linings Playbook, directed by Russell.
Joining Lawrence in the cast are Silver Linings co-star Bradley Cooper (also of the Hangover), Jeremy Renner (The Town), and Christian Bale and Amy Adams, who also worked with Russell on The Fighter, the acclaimed film story of former boxing champion Mickey Ward of Lowell.
According to a press release from the upcoming film’s producers Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures, Bale will play the con artist, with Adams as his mistress and partner in crime. Cooper will play an out of control federal agent working with the pair “to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters, and politicians,” according to the release. Renner will play the local hero and passionate but volatile leader of the New Jersey state assembly, who is also the mayor of lower-income Camden.
According to Mayor Scott Galvin, the producers first contacted Supt. of Schools Mark Donovan about using the vacant Clapp School to shoot one of the scenes, which reportedly involves two of the characters picking up a child from school.
"They wanted that retro look from the era, and the Clapp School fit what they were looking for," said Galvin. "It's a great opportunity to show off the Horn Pond area, which I've always felt is the jewel of the city."
Galvin confirmed the shooting of the movie in Woburn will last only one day, and the police, fire and public works departments have been working with the movie producers to ensure there will be as few disruptions as possible. The producers are paying for all expenses associated with the filming of the movie in Woburn.
"They're picking up the tab, but it's not about the money," said the mayor. "This is the great opportunity to put our city in the spotlight."
The film is reportedly set for release on Christmas day.
The Russell project is the second movie with footage shot here in the past six months. Last November, Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) filmed a scene at Moore & Parker in Woburn Center for an HBO movie.
The production company will provide adequate police details and proper supervision for the duration of the event. Final operational plans, including rental of facilities, are being reviewed and approved by all city agencies. Final review of plans and approval will take place by Monday morning.
On Monday, April 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., site preparation will take place at the Clapp School, under the direction of the Woburn School Department.
Day of Filming
-Tuesday, April 9, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., as follows:
Morning hours: Back lot of Clapp School. Minimal traffic disruptions, but there will be parking restrictions on all surrounding streets. Production Company is working with neighbors to limit inconvenience and make alternative plans. Woburn Police details, funded by the production company, will be present throughout the area to assist neighbors and citizens.
Morning hours: There will be a small film crew at the tennis courts at Library Place. Minimal interruption in the area.
Afternoon and evening hours: Filming on Arlington Road. Traffic detours set up and no parking restrictions throughout the area of Arlington Road, and the low end of intersecting streets. Arlington Road from Lake Avenue will be detoured onto Main Street. There will be some interruption of pedestrian traffic. The production company will provide assistance in helping pedestrians in the area.