Disney+ films Bruins tailgate scene at City Hall for new movie

The movie has been shooting in Boston since January.

Disney filmed scenes for "Godmothered" at City Hall Plaza on Monday, March 2, 2020. Kevin Slane/Boston.com Staff

City Hall Plaza was the staging ground for what appeared on first glance to be an impromptu Boston Bruins tailgate on Monday. But appearances can be deceiving.

The rally for the black and gold was organized by producers for the upcoming Disney+ movie “Godmothered,” which has been filming in Boston and other nearby towns since late January, shooting in  MarbleheadCharlestown, the North End, and near the Boston Public Garden.

Onlookers walked through Government Center on Monday to find pop-up tents in Bruins colors, dozens of extras wearing team gear, and banners advertising a “Cold War Classic” between the Bruins and Vegas Golden Knights. “Godmothered” star Jillian Bell could be seen chatting with crew members, and a trio of news vans for fictional local TV stations were parked in the plaza, which also had fake snow on the ground to reflect the film’s holiday season setting.


Set at Christmas time, the film is about Eleanor (Bell), a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training living in “The Motherland” who learns that her profession will soon cease to exist. Determined to prove that the world still needs fairy godmothers, she finds a letter from Mackenzie, a 12-year-old girl in distress, and sets out to find her. Eleanor then discovers that Mackenzie (Fisher) is now a 40-year-old single mom working at a Boston news station. Her husband passed away several years earlier, so Mackenzie has given up hope on “Happily Ever After,” but Eleanor is determined to “give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.”

Vans for fictional Boston news stations parked in City Hall Plaza for the filming of “Godmothered.”

Jillian Bell on the set of “Godmothered” at City Hall in Boston.

A bus parked on the set of “Godmothered” in City Hall Plaza.

Fake snow laid down in City Hall Plaza for the filming of “Godmothered.”


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