Oscar-winner Ben Affleck seems to like filming in Dorchester. The Cambridge native is in town for his sophomore writing and directing project â€œThe Town,â€ based on Boston author Chuck Hoganâ€™s award-winning bestseller â€œThe Prince of Thieves.â€
The movie stars Affleck, Jon Hamm, leading man on TVâ€™s â€œMad Men,â€ Oscar-Winner and Kingston resident Chris Cooper, along with â€œGossip Girlâ€ star Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner and slew of locally based actors.
The cast and crew shot a scene at Neponsetâ€™s Devine Rink on Morrissey Boulevard on Tuesday. â€œThe Townâ€ has previously shot scenes in Charlestown, where most of the bookâ€™s action takes place, and in Cambridge. Although the movieâ€™s producers are officially mum about where they are shooting, word is that the film will be using South Boston and Dorchester locations to serve as â€œstand insâ€ for Charlestown locations.
â€œThe Townâ€ is produced by Graham Kingâ€™s GK Films shingle. King won an Oscar for his work with Martin Scorseseâ€™s â€œThe Departed,â€ which was also filmed in Boston. Itâ€™s not just a return to Boston for Affleck but his second time filming in Dorchester.
Many of the scenes for Affleckâ€™s 2007 big-screen adaptation of Dennis Lehaneâ€™s â€œGone Baby Goneâ€ were filmed in Dorchester including Fields Corner, Semont Road near St. Markâ€™s Church, and Crescent Avenue near where Lehane grew up.
For â€œThe Townâ€ Affleck wonâ€™t be spending all his time behind the camera. He plays a career criminal from Charlestown who falls for the manager of the bank he and his cohort have just robbed.