Wellesley is once again being used as a big movie set, this week for a film called I Care a Lot starring Rosamund Pike of Sundance TV’s State of the Union and Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones. Film crews have been spotted along the Charles River walking path at Wellesley Office Park as well as downtown in the old Talbots space, and possibly behind other storefronts.
Filming is expected to continue at least at the office park on Tuesday, including in the fitness center, according to a Swellesley reader who works at the office park.
The summary for I Care a Lot on IMDB reads: “A legal guardian discovers that her seemingly perfect client is not who they appear to be.”
Wellesley has become a Hollywood hot spot in recent years. In April and June a film crew for an Apple TV series starring Captain America’s Chris Evans and Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery shot scenes in Wellesley for a project that has been going by the code-name Cortex. We hear it’s more likely, however, that the real name of the show will be along the lines of Defending Jacob, like the book series on which it’s based.
In 2017, Hollywood types could scarcely stay out of town as crews descended to film scenes for no fewer that four movies:
- The Leisure Seeker — a retired Wellesley couple decides to coax the old Winnebago out of the garage and onto the open road for one last hurrah of a road trip, starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland
- We Don’t Belong Here — drama about a dysfunctional family, starring Catherine Keener and Anton Yelchin, shot in part at Elm Bank Reservation
- Thoroughbred — murder mystery set in Connecticut, but filmed in part in Wellesley Square. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin, Olivia Cooke
- Daddy’s Home 2 — with Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, and shot in part at E.A. Davis in Wellesley Square
So many more films have been partially shot here in Wellesley, or Hollywood East as it’s becoming known. See our Wellesley movie round-up page here.