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GARDNER — Breakout hit show “Castle Rock” has chosen Gardner as a place to film its upcoming second season, according to Joshua Cormier, the city’s assistant planning director.

“The city of Gardner has been chosen as one of the featured filming locations for ‘Castle Rock’ season two,” he said, describing the opportunity as a “chance for us to showcase the city.”

The web television show is an original series from the streaming service Hulu, and made local news last summer for using Orange as one of the main filming locations for its first season.

A psychological horror, the show is based off the storytelling of author Stephen King. The town of Orange, about 20 miles west of Gardner, was used as the filming location for the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine in the first season.

Other communities in Massachusetts, including Devens where New England Studios is located, were used for filming as well.

The show is an anthology series, with the second season to feature a different story line and cast.

According to multiple media reports, the second season will once again feature the setting of Castle Rock, Maine and also introduce the new setting of Jerusalem Lot’s, Maine – another fictional town that has appeared in King’s writing.

Cormier serves as Gardner’s contact person for companies that are interested in scouting the city for possible filming locations, explaining the Massachusetts Film Office will reach out to him about opportunities.

He helps facilitate the process, but ultimately when it comes to any filming on private property, an agreement on that is worked out between the filming company and property owner.

Cormier said he could not discuss the specifics of Gardner’s involvement in filming the second season of “Castle Rock,” only that he could confirm multiple commercial and residential properties in the city will be used.

Regarding timeline, he indicated filming could begin in the near future and continue at various points until October.

Cormier said scenes shot in Gardner will serve as “an adjacent city to Castle Rock” in the show.

“This will probably be the most significant film project we’ve had in the last two decades,” he said.

Cormier recalled that in the early 1990s, Gardner (specifically the Blue Moon diner) was used as a filming location for the movie “School Ties” starring actor Brendan Fraser, which was released in 1992.

He said the city has developed a “nice relationship” with the film and production crew from the show “Castle Rock,” saying that Gardner made a good first impression and proved to be an appealing option for them, among a number of areas they considered.

“We believe it will be beneficial to both sides and look forward to working with the ‘Castle Rock’ team for as long as they would like to film in Gardner,” he said.

According to the Greenfield Recorder, the town of Orange is scheduled to be used again for filming the show’s second season.

A premier date for the second season has yet to be announced.

Masters of Sex alumna Lizzy CaplanTim Robbins (Here and Now), Garrett Hedlund (Mosaic) and Eighth Grade star Elsie Fisher are set to lead the Season 2 cast of Hulu’s psychological horror series Castle Rock, from J.J. Abrams and Stephen King. Also set as series regulars are Yusra Warsama(Assassin’s Creed: Origins), Barkhad Abdi (Blade Runner 2049) and Matthew Alan (13 Reasons Why).

In Season 2, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes (Caplan), Stephen King’s nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.

Caplan’s Annie Wilkes is a nurse and superfan battling to overcome mental health issues.

Robbins is Reginald “Pop” Merrill. The Patriarch of Stephen King’s iconic crime family, Pop is dying of cancer and at a reckoning with his family.

Hedlund plays John “Ace” Merril. Castle Rock’s legendary bully, Ace is taking over his uncle Pop’s businesses and threatening a fragile peace with nearby Jerusalem’s Lot.

Fisher is Joy. Annie’s home-schooled teenage daughter, Joy is starting to have questions about her mother’s sanity.

Warsam is Dr. Nadia Omar. The Harvard-trained Somali medical director of a rural hospital in Jerusalem’s Lot, Dr. Omar’s rational and scientific mind will be put to the test.

Abdi will portray Abdi Omar. The tough, older brother of Nadia, Abdi leads the charge to build a Somali community center that will deepen the roots of his people in Maine.

Alan plays Chris Merrill. Pop’s nephew and Ace’s brother, Chris struggles to keep peace between the Merrills and the Somali community.

Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason developed the project for television and serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson, Dustin Thomason, Vince Calandra, Sam Shaw, Stephen King and Liz Glotzer. Castle Rock hails from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Caplan starred as human sexuality research pioneer Virginia Johnson in Masters Of Sex, which ran on Showtime for four seasons. The role earned her an Emmy nomination. She’ll soon be seen opposite Octavia Spencer in Apple’s upcoming drama series Are You Sleeping? She is repped by WME, Rise Management and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.

Robbins is coming off a starring role in HBO’s Alan Ball series Here and Now.He’s next set to star on the big screen alongside Anne Hathaway and Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’ untitled drama about the DuPont pollution scandal.

Alan is best known for his recurring role on Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. He can next be seen on HBO’s upcoming Lovecraft Country and recurring on Season 3 of FX’s Snowfall. Alan is repped by AKA Talent and Main Title.

Hedlund is coming out in Triple Frontier and Dirt Music. He is repped by Brillstein, WME and Sloane Offer.

There is a small mention in this article about Garrett getting an early offer, doesn’t say anything more about what for, but I’ve included the whole thing as it’s an interesting read:

With the bulk of broadcast pilots picked up, the networks and studios are already busy drawing up their casting wish lists and sending out offers to their top picks. As usual, there are a few names that keep cropping up.

Raking in early offers this year are The Leftovers, Fargo and The Sinner alumna Carrie Coon, former Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan, Billions‘ Malin Akerman & Salvation lead Santiago Cabrera.

Akerman co-stars on the Showtime drama series Billions as Lara, wife of Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). The network confirmed to Deadline that her deal has been adjusted to enable her to pursue other series. She will no longer be a series regular but will continue to recur on Billions.

Also fielding multiple offers are Morena Baccarin, who is wrapping the final season of Gotham, The Walking Deadand Colony alumna Sarah Wayne Callies, former Lost star Matthew Fox, veteran Jimmy Smits, The Good Wife’s Josh Charles and Daredevil/The Punisher‘s Deborah Ann Woll.

It has now become regular practice for big-name actors to do sign one-year deals for broadcast series, making them available for pilots more frequently. That is currently the case with Sela Ward and Kelsey Grammer who both are fielding interest. They are one-season series regulars on freshman dramas FBI and Proven Innocent, respectively.

Also getting early offers are David Duchovny, Orange Is the New Black standout Uzo Aduba, It’s Always Sunny and The Mick’s Kaitlin Olson,Andy Garcia, former Suburgatory star Jane LevyKerry Bishe (Halt and Catch Fire), Allison Tolman (Fargo), How To Get Away with Murder‘s Alfred EnochRosemarie DeWittAri Graynor (I’m Dying Up Here), Rose Byrne, Josh GadRamon Rodriguez, Tron‘s Garrett Hedlund, Gotham’s Donal LogueJada Pinkett-Smith, Walton Goggins, Girls’ Allison Williams, Elementary star Lucy Liu and Topher Grace.

The leading ladies of several successful shows that recently ended their runs are being courted to return to series TV, The Americans‘ Keri Russell, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s Ellie Kemper.

With The Big Bang Theory coming to an end, co-star Melissa Rauch is being approached for pilots, with others, including Kaley Cuoco, also being talked about.

Meanwhile, three How I Met Your Mother alums are on pilot directors’ radar this year, Neil Patrick Harris, coming off Netflix’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Cobie Smulders and Cristin Milioti.

In another tradition, every pilot season, TV networks and studios go after movie stars, trying to lure them to do a broadcast series.

It usually is a long shot but here are some of the names getting attention this year: Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Kate Hudson, Crazy Rich Asiansbreakout Henry Golding, Hilary Swank perennial pilot casting directors’ favorite Kevin KlineAnne Hathaway, Rooney Mara and Michael Keaton.

Additionally, mentioned as possibilities this season are Jon Hamm, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Duhamel, Kylie Bunbury, Rosa Salazar Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boyd Holbrook.

Garrett Hedlund is contemplating his hair color: once sandy blond, as a model for L.L. Bean and Teen magazine, now, 15 years into his acting career, a deep brown. As the hair has darkened, so have the roles.

“The towhead in me is quickly vanishing,” he jokes to ET. “You know, there might have been more days prior where I spent a little more time in the sun, and now maybe I’m more of a hermit and that’s the result. Also, we had to dye it for a film, Lullaby [2014], and I don’t know if it’s ever recovered from that.”

Nonetheless, the deeper tresses have complemented the darker tones of his captivating work on screen recently, with a haunting turn in Netflix’s Mudbound and now in Mosaic, a gritty Steven Soderbergh-directed crime drama, premiering Jan. 22 on HBO.

Hedlund plays Joel Hurley, an aspiring artist cast under world-famous children’s author Olivia Lake’s (Sharon Stone) seductive spell, in the twisty, experimental six-part miniseries, which also stars Paul Reubens, Beau Bridges and Frederick Weller. When Olivia goes missing, an investigation finds that Hurley may have been involved with her disappearance — depending on who you believe.

Hedlund was hooked from the get-go, before the show was a show. Initially designed solely as an interactive app, wherein users navigate the story’s wild turns for a unique, individual experience much like a video game, Hedlund’s interest in Mosaic was piqued just knowing Soderbergh would be occupying the director’s chair.

“I was open to whatever was going to happen,” the 33-year-old actor says. “I just always want to work with great directors and learn and grow, and that’s exactly what I got to do.”

Furthermore, Hedlund relished the three-month break between shooting the present-day and flashback scenes. Is that how long it took Hedlund to grow an as-full-as-he-can-grow beard for the flashbacks? Hedlund unleashes a hearty laugh.

“You know, hereditarily, I’m sort of blessed with horrible facial hair,” he says, “but it was funny in terms of, we weren’t given that [flashback] script until a week before. It was more exciting than fearful for me.”

Then, of course, there’s Stone, whom Hedlund met for the first time at the Grey Gardens home in Long Island, New York, right before he shot 2011’s Country Strong. “She appeared to not remember,” he says, laughing, noting they took a photo together. But Hedlund was still mesmerized by Stone’s presence when they teamed up for Mosaic. “It was a similar fascination [to Soderbergh]. I mean, obviously, I looked across the room and was like, Man, that’s Sharon Stone, and my character within that views Olivia Lake in that same fashion.”

Soderbergh, he says, got a kick out of his personal Stone story and thought “it was just perfect” for nurturing their onscreen chemistry. But Hedlund is a revelation to behold, as Soderbergh showcases the actor’s capacity for intensely haunting performance and the capability of his ever-expressive eyes to reveal a story all on their own.

For additional proof, look no further than Dee Rees‘ critically acclaimed Mudbound, starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, Golden Globe nominee Mary J. Blige and Hedlund as World War II soldier Jamie McAllan, who combats his racist father’s bigotry upon his return home to rural Mississippi.

Hedlund felt compelled to work with Rees based on her talent alone — the same reason he worked with director Angelina Jolie for 2014’s Unbroken and writer-director Shana Feste on Country Strong. Gender, he says, is not necessarily a consideration when it comes to the filmmakers who interest him. In fact, of three movies he’s currently considering for 2018, he confirms two are directed by women.

“People will ask if there’s anything different, and I don’t see why the question is even a question, because they’re all artists, they’re all geniuses and they’re passionate, and that passion is infectious,” he says. “I would work with a female director any day of the week in comparison [to a male director] if it keeps going the way it’s been going for me. There’s no boundaries, no divide. And I’ve never seen it that way or feel it that way, and I’m proud to have been a part of the [films] I’ve been [a part of].”

Though his awards-caliber performance in Mudbound speaks for itself, Hedlund professes that he now has a keener sense of the kinds of stories that appeal to him as an actor. His criteria: “Has this been seen before? Has it been done before? Do I care to watch this? And I don’t want to knock on Hallmark, but is it a TV movie?”

“The films that inspired me to become an actor were ones that moved me emotionally,” he explains, “so what I look for is something that I hope would move others or transform my perspective on the world and life and love.”

Hedlund’s latest drama Burden, which premiered over the weekend at Sundance, satisfies his desire for rich, affecting filmmaking. Starring alongside Andrea Riseborough, Forest Whitaker and Usher Raymond, the actor leads as real-life clansman Mike Burden, who opened the first KKK memorabilia shop but becomes a changed man thanks to an African-American reverend (Whitaker). Hedlund was first struck by writer-director Andrew Heckler’s tale of redemption and love, but moreover, “I was really excited for this side of a love story,” he says, cracking up. “This is the first script that had me being with a lady in a long time!”

Now, armed with some of the most buzzy roles of his career, Hedlund says, “I’ve gained a bravery and a freedom to know that I can possibly do anything that I want to put my mind to.” A very different attitude than when he made Troy with Brad Pitt 14 years prior, when he didn’t “know anything about being on set.”

Hedlund’s newfound fearlessness means that, yes, he’s game for taking on James Bond — that is, if it’s directed by Rees, who expressed interest in directing a Hedlund-as-Bond movie last year. “With her doing anything, I’d be on her team,” he insists. “If she’s the captain of the ship, I’d be on that boat any day.”

Hedlund the lover? Hedlund the action hero? So much change — something this former towhead is wholeheartedly embracing.

“At the beginning, I thought I knew what I wanted and didn’t want,” Hedlund says, “and now I feel like I do know what I do want and don’t want, and I know how far I’ll go and I know what chances I will and won’t take. And, really, what I’ve found is there are no chances I won’t take.”

Garrett Hedlund throws up the peace sign as he leaves an appearance at Good Morning America on Thursday morning (January 18) in New York City.

The 33-year-old actor was joined by his Mosaic co-star Sharon Stone as they stopped by the morning show to promote their upcoming new show.

Earlier this week, the stars premiered the show in NYC where Sharon shared a hot kiss with a mystery man!

The six-part limited series premieres January 22 on HBO.

Sharon Stone shares a kiss with a mystery man backstage while arriving at the Hollywood Reporter TV Talks & 92Y Present: HBO’s Mosaic held on Tuesday (January 16) in New York City.

The 59-year-old actress was joined at the event by her Mosaic co-stars Garrett HedlundJennifer FerrinDevin RatrayFrederick Weller and writer Ed Solomon.

In MosaicSharon plays Olivia Lake, a notable children’s author and illustrator whose career makes her something of a celebrity in her mountain resort town. On New Year’s Day, she vanishes, leaving behind a blood-stained studio for detective Nate Henry (Devin) to investigate.

The series comes with the release of the Mosaic app, where you can choose what point-of-view from which to follow the story and to, in effect, build your own experience from the material Soderbergh and Solomon created.

The six-part limited series premieres January 22 on HBO.

The actor, who portrays the prime suspect in Steven Soderbergh’s murder mystery, discusses the director’s process and why he lept at the chance to be a part of Mosaic.

HBO: What intrigued you the most when you heard about this project?

Garrett Hedlund: Steven Soderbergh. I just wanted to work with Steven. To me, he’s the most innovative director. He’s always pushing boundaries and reaching for new things creatively — and technologically.

I heard, “Steven Soderbergh wants to meet you for this new thing he’s doing, which is probably going to press boundaries technologically,” and I wanted to be a part of it. I signed onto it thinking that it could be the smallest role in the thing. It turned out not to be.

HBO: Is it true each actor only received scripts for their individual storyline?

Garrett Hedlund: We only got our storylines. [Writer] Ed Solomon made a funny joke, saying everybody thought their character was going to be the lead. Nobody had any idea really what we were doing and what we were about to see. I think everybody was nerve-racked until they met Steven and saw his process.

HBO: What about Steven’s presence on set reassured everyone about the project?

Garrett Hedlund: Everybody was on cloud nine working with him. He’s got the best sense of humor. He moves really fast. It was wonderful to know that you have one or two takes, and you come in to give everything. Then, you’re going to be wrapped at a reasonable hour. It makes going on to a regular set unfair.

Steven shoots everything himself; he’s the cinematographer on all of Mosaic. You could’ve shot 30 pages in a day, and he still gets home, puts on his earbuds and edits all his dailies.

“You can become vain, or you start doing things differently, or standing differently, or looking differently…I try and knock out the awareness.”— GARRETT HEDLUND

HBO: With only your storyline to go off of, did you understand how much the finished product would play with perspective?

Garrett Hedlund: I knew we were shooting different angles. I just thought it was different coverage. I didn’t know at the get-go that it was going to be used for opposing perspectives. Later, we started getting little whispers of how this was going to change between characters.

There’s one scene between Jeremy [Bobb] and I, where he’s just completely deadpan, and another take where he’s going a little bit ballistic. That was the first time I was like, “Oh I see what you guys are doing here.”

HBO: At the very opening of Soderbergh’s six-part cut that is airing on HBO, your character is accused of murder. What’s your read on Joel as a potential suspect?

Garrett Hedlund: I always knew Joel was a character with an immense amount of inner conflict; trying to accept what he’s become, and also trying to remember what he was. He has a wonderful character arc. Between Joel when he’s accused and Joel in flashbacks, I knew I was going to have three months to change physically and mentally.

HBO: Did watching the rough edits inform your performance or inspire you to adjust anything?

Garrett Hedlund: I don’t like to watch things exactly because of that. You can become vain, or you start doing things differently, or standing differently, or looking differently. You become very aware of what you’re doing. I try and knock out the awareness.

HBO: How do you respond to people who describe the app experience as a choose-your-own-adventure story?

Garrett Hedlund: When we signed on, everybody was very quick to call it a “choose your own adventure.” I quickly found it was not. It’s more a balancing narrative. You can choose the route through the story, but it’s still going to be the same ending. The camera angles between the narratives do switch: It’s very interesting to see how suspicious or conniving certain characters appear just because of how the camera is working.

I’d say it’s a murder mystery with many different outlooks and perspectives that have a unique trail towards the ending and its conclusions.

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