Ben Stiller has been in town for the past few days. No, not for health reasons. (In case you missed it, the “Something About Mary” actor recently revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few years ago and had surgery to deal with it.)
Stiller’s been doing location shots at Milton Academy and Harvard Square for “Brad’s Status,” a movie he’s making with Mike White. (White’s directing “Brad’s Status,” but is best known as the writer of “Chuck & Buck,” “The Good Girl,” and “School of Rock.”)
“Brad’s Status,” costarring Austin Abrams and Xavier Sotelo, is about a father who takes his son on a tour of East Coast colleges and along the way meets up with an old friend who makes him feel badly about the choices he’s made in life.
Meanwhile, we’re told Jason Clarke did some filming at the Boston Public Library for “Chappaquiddick,” in which the Australian actor plays Senator Ted Kennedy. The film, directed by John Curran, recounts the 1969 car accident on Martha’s Vineyard involving Kennedy and 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned.
The cast includes Kate Mara, who’s playing Kopechne, Bruce Dern as Joe Kennedy, and Ed Helms as Kennedy cousin Joe Gargan.
Lastly, keep an eye out for Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote , who’ve started shooting “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women,” a film about the strange but true story of the creation of the most famous female superhero of all time. The movie, which filmed at Tewksbury Hospital last week and then headed to Norton, tells the story of Dr. William Moulton Marston, played by Evans, the Harvard psychologist who created Wonder Woman in 1941; his wife, Elizabeth, played by Hall; and the couple’s relationship with Marston’s former student Olive Byrne, played by Heathcote.