Trailer for “Castle Rock” out

  • A screen shot showing André Holland from the new Castle Rock trailer. The Quabbin Harvest food coop in downtown Orange can be seen on the right side in the background. Contributed photo

  • At the intersection of South Main and East River streets in Orange, there are these two 15,000-square-foot brick buildings belonging to Gary Moise, who owns the Orange Trading Co. on South Main Street. The building in the center of the photograph can be seen in a trailer previewing “Castle Rock,” an original Hulu series filmed partially in Orange. Recorder file photo

Recorder Staff
Published: 10/9/2017 10:52:35 PM

ORANGE — A glimpse into “Castle Rock” is now at your fingertips, as the online subscription video-on-demand service Hulu has released a trailer previewing the horror/suspense thriller filmed partially in Orange.

Intertwining the characters and storylines of writer Stephen King, “Castle Rock” will be an original series set in the fictional Maine town of the same name. Orange landmarks, like the Quabbin Harvest food coop at 12 North Main St., are visible in the trailer, which can be seen at bit.ly/2y5Lptp.

Adrienne Menges, hired by Orange to fulfill some of the duties vacated by recently departed Planning and Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy, hadn’t seen the trailer until The Recorder emailed her a link.

“It’s so cool. I would encourage everyone to go check it out,” she said. “You can see Orange. You can totally see which parts were filmed in Orange.”

The Orange Selectboard has also appointed Menges as film liaison, an unpaid position formerly held by Kennedy.

Eerie music accompanies the trailer, which lasts 1 minute and 14 seconds and ends with a vehicle (with a sticker reading “Maine Department of Corrections: Shawshank” on the back bumper) sinking into water.

“You have no idea what’s happening here, do you?” a male voiceover says before the camera shows the vehicle submerging.

Hulu ordered 10 episodes of “Castle Rock,” and Menges said five have already been filmed. Some filming is done at New England Studios in Devens. Film crews first came to Orange around the beginning of August and are expected to visit off and on until January.

Menges said the trailer will likely add to the “Castle Rock” buzz already circulating around town.

“It’s exciting,” she said.

Castle Rock is a fictional setting that King, a Maine resident, has used in much of his work. According to Hulu, the town has been featured in “Cujo,” “The Dark Half” and “Needful Things,” as well as the novella “The Body” and other short stories.

The series has enlisted a cast that includes Melanie Lynskey, perhaps best known for playing Rose on the sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” André Holland, from the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight,” Sissy Spacek, famous for her role as the title character in the 1976 film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Carrie,” and Jane Levy, who starred in the ABC comedy series “Suburgatory.” The most recent addition is Bill Skarsgård, who has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the 2017 film “It,” based on King’s 1986 novel of the same name.

“Castle Rock” is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot, the production company of J.J. Abrams, creator of “Lost,” “Felicity” and director of the films “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Mission: Impossible III.”

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com
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