From ‘Castle Rock’ to ‘Proud Mary’: a year of Massachusetts on film

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Taraji P. Henson in “Proud Mary,” which will be released Jan. 12.

By Terence Cawley Globe Correspondent  

2017 was another busy year for filming around Boston and beyond. Here’s a list of some of the productions based in and around the city, and when we can see them on the big (and small) screen.

“The Burning Woman”

Abington, Brockton, and other Massachusetts locations stood in for the small blue-collar Pennsylvania town where this film takes place. The Jake Scott-directed drama — which doesn’t have a release date yet — stars Christina Hendricks and Aaron Paul.

“Castle Rock”


Several Massachusetts spots stood in for Stephen King’s fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, in this J.J. Abrams-produced TV series, set to debut on Hulu in 2018. It’s the first scripted television series to film in Massachusetts in 30 years. Scenes were shot in Lancaster, New England Studio in Devens, and the Worcester Mercantile Center.

“City on a Hill”

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This Showtime pilot, executive produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, was filming around Boston right before the holidays. The series is a fictionalization of the mid-’90s era when local law enforcement helped curtail street violence.

“Equalizer 2”

Haverhill and Chelsea hosted filming for the first “Equalizer” feature. The Denzel Washington-led sequel filmed in the South End in September. Duxbury’s Powder Point Bridge, which has been featured in such films as “The Way, Way Back” and “The Finest Hours,” also hosted a shoot in October.

“I Feel Pretty”

Amy Schumer was spotted all over the Boston area this summer while filming this comedy. Locations featured in the shoot included the South End, Chinatown, Dedham, Salisbury Beach, and Lynn. The film takes place in New York.

“Proud Mary”

This is one of the Boston film projects we’ll get to see soon; Taraji P. Henson stars as a hit woman in Boston’s organized-crime community. Scenes were shot last spring, and the movie will be released Jan. 12.

“X-Men: The New Mutants”


The latest addition to the popular superhero franchise filmed at Medfield State Hospital over the summer. It’s not the first time the abandoned hospital has appeared on film; Martin Scorsese used it in his 2010 movie “Shutter Island.” The “X-Men” film is expected out in April.