Filming resumes in Orange for Castle Rock

  • Cast and crew members for the Hulu television series “Castle Rock” film scenes for its second season downtown in Orange in April. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • On location in downtown Orange for the Hulu television series “Castle Rock.”  STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 6/5/2019 10:58:53 PM

ORANGE — For the second time in two months, Orange will become Castle Rock for a couple days.

Filming for “Castle Rock” Season 2 will take place on Thursday and Friday this week, from approximately 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., according to a statement from Olive Avenue Productions, one of the companies working on the original horror series from Hulu.

No parking will be available either day on North Main Street and South Main Street from School Street to East and West River Streets.

According to the statement, filming locations on Thursday are at 57 South Main St. and 31 North Main St., the First Universalist Church of Orange. Filming locations Friday include the First Universalist Church, 36 South Main St. and 1 East River St.

“It will be very similar to the last time we were there back in April with some scenes taking place at the First Universalist Church of Orange,” said Jeff Dionne, key assistant location manager, in a statement.

According to the Police Department, filming will affect traffic, although streets will not be closed completely.

“Castle Rock” is a suspense-horror series from Hulu, a subscription on-demand video service, that takes place in the eponymous Maine town, Castle Rock, from the Stephen King mythos. The fictional town is featured in King novels like “Cujo” and “The Dark Half,” and referenced in many of the author’s other works.

The series takes an anthology format — each season tells its own story, from beginning to end — and, while it is an original work, it includes characters and places from King’s books. Executive producers include J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason.

Season 1 was filmed in Orange throughout summer 2017 and then sporadically until January last year. Orange is Castle Rock, the titular setting, and residents should expect film crews to return periodically over the next five months, said location manager Tim Gorman.

The series’ second season will be linked to the famous King novel “Misery,” a Hulu spokeswoman told the Greenfield Recorder in March. “Misery” tells the story of Annie Wilkes, a deranged and obsessive fan who imprisons and tortures her favorite author — Kathy Bates played Annie Wilkes in an Oscar-winning performance for the 1990 film adaptation.

In “Castle Rock” Season 2, a younger Annie Wilkes will be played by Lizzy Caplan (“Mean Girls,” “The Interview,” “Masters of Sex”), and, “a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock,” according to Hulu.

While Orange is Castle Rock, nearby Gardner will be the fictional town “Jerusalem’s Lot” — featured in King books like “’Salem’s Lot” — for the show. According to Hulu, Season 2 involves a conflict between the neighboring towns.

Also starring in Season 2 is Tim Robbins — who starred in another on-screen King adaptation, “The Shawshank Redemption,” as main character Andy Dufresne. Robbins plays Reginald “Pop” Merrill, a shady business owner who is dying of cancer and leaving his junk shop to his nephew, John “Ace” Merrill, played by Garrett Hedlund (“Friday Night Lights,” “Troy,” “Tron: Legacy”).

The character “Pop” is from King’s “The Sun Dog,” and owns the junk shop, “The Emporium Galorium.” When “Castle Rock” began filming Season 2 in Orange in April, a tow truck with “Emporium Towing” painted on its side was filmed driving up South Main Street several times.

Other actors in Season 2 are Yusra Warsama as Dr. Nadia Omar, a Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot; Barkhad Abdi as Abdi Omar, older brother of Nadia, who leads the charge to build a Somali community center; Elsie Fisher as Joy, Annie Wilkes’ daughter who begins to question her mother’s sanity; and Matthew Alan as Chris Merrill, Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother, who tries to keep the peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.

Hulu has not yet released a premiere date for “Castle Rock” Season 2. The show’s production team has consistently praised Orange as a filming location, and last year donated $13,500 to the town for its cemeteries, memorials, parks and fire department.

Dionne said the crew is working closely with the town and Police Department to coordinate filming and that residents with questions or concerns may email jrdionne@gmail.com or call 403-320-3067.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.


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