Despite a full year of pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, the cameras have still been rolling in the Massachusetts film industry.
Probably the biggest title of the year — Adam McKay’s star-studded Netflix comedy “Don’t Look Up” — wrapped filming in February. But there are still plenty of TV shows and movies currently in production, as well as others that are scheduled to begin filming later this year.
Here are all of the major movies and TV shows filming in Massachusetts in 2021, as well as everything we currently know about them. Stay tuned for even more productions coming to the Bay State later this year, which we’ll be sure to share once the cameras start rolling.
‘American Horror Story’
After numerous delays, the FX anthology horror series “American Horror Story” kicked off production March 1 in Provincetown. Filming under the code name “Pilgrim,” season 10 of Ryan Murphy’s show is filming for two weeks all over Provincetown, with specific locations including Pilgrim Monument, Winthrop Street Cemetery, Mews Restaurant, and Racing Beach.
New photos from the set of “American Horror Story” Season 10 in Provincetown. Locals have been asked not to take photos and videos of filming but teased that what they saw indicates the season will be very “atmospheric.” #AHS pic.twitter.com/YkHeazxWC8
— The AHS Zone (@ahszone) March 4, 2021
Stars like Macaulay Culkin (“Home Alone”), Adina Porter (“True Blood”), Ryan Kiera Armstrong (“It Chapter Two”), and Lenox native Finn Wittrock (“Unbroken”) have been spotted around town, and more of the cast is expected to film scenes before Massachusetts production wraps March 12.
— The AHS Zone (@ahszone) March 1, 2021
Showtime’s revival of its award-winning drama “Dexter” began filming in Massachusetts in late January, and will continue until July, according to a source familiar with the production.
Michael C. Hall is reprising the titular role of Dexter Morgan, who for eight seasons worked as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department while living a double life as a vigilante serial killer. Joining Hall for the 10-episode limited series are Clancy Brown (“The Shawshank Redemption”), Julia Jones (“The Mandalorian”), Alano Miller (“Sylvie’s Love”), Johnny Sequoyah (“Believe”), and Jack Alcott (“The Good Lord Bird”).
The show will take place in the fictional upstate New York town of Iron Lake, and primary production will be filmed west of I-495 in cities and towns such as Devens, Gardner, Lancaster, Sterling, West Boylston, and Worcester, according to two sources familiar with the production.
‘Don’t Look Up’
The biggest film production of the year was undoubtedly “Don’t Look Up,” the Netflix doomsday comedy starring Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Titanic”) and about 20 other A-list actors who filmed all around Massachusetts from November 2020 through February 2021.
Directed by Adam McKay (“The Big Short”), the film stars Lawrence and DiCaprio as astronomers who discover a comet that will soon destroy the planet. As they embark on a media tour to inform the world of its impending demise, they are met with ignorance, indifference, and resistance from politicians and the public.
Some of the most noteworthy moments in the production took place in Boston, including: DiCaprio and Lawrence filming in front of dozens of fans at South Station; Jonah Hill (“Superbad”) and Matthew Perry (“Friends”) being booed and pelted with objects while filming a rally scene in front of the Museum of Fine Arts; filmmakers transforming the Financial District into New York City for scenes with DiCaprio, Lawrence, and Tomer Sisley (“We’re the Millers”); a flame-filled riot scene with DiCaprio, Lawrence, and Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) filmed downtown at Howl at the Moon; and scenes with DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), and Tyler Perry (“Gone Girl”) filmed at the Fairmont Copley in the Back Bay, including ones featuring a paparazzi mob and a fist fight.
In addition to the aforementioned towns, “Don’t Look Up” also filmed in Brockton, Canton, Chicopee, Fall River, Framingham, North Attleborough, Norton, Salisbury, Westborough, Weymouth, and Worcester.
‘Kevin Can F*** Himself’
AMC Networks is hitting back at stereotypical gender roles in sitcoms with “Kevin Can Go F*** Himself,” a new series produced by sitcom veteran Rashida Jones (“Parks and Recreation”) and starring Emmy-winning actress Annie Murphy (“Schitt’s Creek”). In the show, Murphy plays a put-upon sitcom wife whose buffoonish husband finally pushes her to a breaking point.
Created by Craig DiGregorio (“Shrill”), the series began filming in Massachusetts in September 2020, and returned to the state in 2021 to finish up its eight hour-long episodes. So far, the show has shot scenes in Avon, Brockton, Hingham, Milton, Randolph, and Worcester.
‘The Tender Bar’
Ben Affleck made his return to Boston this month to film “The Tender Bar,” a coming-of-age drama directed by George Clooney based on the memoir of the same name by J.R. Moehringer. Production began in late February and is expected to run through late April, according to a source familiar with the production. So far, film crews have visited Boston, Cambridge, Lowell, and Watertown for the movie, and are expected to visit several other nearby towns, including several on the North Shore before filming is done.
“The Tender Bar” tells the story of Moehringer’s childhood living on Long Island without a father, a New York disc jockey who disappeared before J.R. could speak. Seeking a replacement father figure, Moehringer begins spending time at a bar owned by his uncle, where the regulars welcome him as one of their own. Tye Sheridan (“Ready Player One”) will play J.R., with Affleck as his wisecracking uncle Charlie, Lily Rabe (“Vice”) as J.R.’s mother, and Christopher Lloyd (“Back to the Future”) as his grandfather, according to multiple reports.
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