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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.


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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.

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