Sony’s “Spider-Man” superhero spinoff “Madame Web,” starring Dakota Johnson, is the next big-budget Hollywood production to launch in Massachusetts.
Filming for the film is set to begin July 11 in and around Boston, including the Hangout, a 33,000-square-foot former jet hangar left over from Union Point’s previous life as South Weymouth Naval Air Station.
Dakota Johnson (“The Lost Daughter”) plays the title character, a clairvoyant whose sensory powers include astral projection and telepathy. The film will focus on his origin story. Alongside Johnson, Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria”, “The White Lotus”), Isabela Merced (“Instant Family”), Celeste O’Connor (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” and Tahar Rahim (“The Mauritanian”) are alongside Johnson’s SJ Clarkson (“Anatomy of a Scandal”) is directed from a script by “Morbius” writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
“Madame Web” is set to hit theaters on July 7, 2023.
Filming under the codename “Claire,” the production is looking for Boston-area residents to star as extras in the film, according to a cast.
Kendall Cooper Casting is looking for “people of all ethnicities, ages, genders and sizes” for background work and roles for law enforcement officers, paramedics , firefighters and precision drivers.
The casting notice also stated that the production needed cars from the year 2003 or earlier.
A separate Facebook post on June 7 to the Dodge Viper Owners and All Viper Clubs Member’s Site group stated that the production was looking to rent an “early 2000-2003 Viper for use in the upcoming ‘Madame Web’ to be filmed in Boston.” . Compensation will be around $1,000+ per day for around five to six days, and a new set of tires.
“Madame Web” is the latest film in Sony’s Spider-Man universe, adjacent to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony’s franchise includes the two films “Venom”, “Morbius” and the upcoming film “Kraven the Hunter”, which will be released on January 13, 2023, and “El Muerto” in 2024.
“Madame Web” is the first film in this universe to have a female lead.
Last summer, Marvel filmmakers traveled to Worcester and Cambridge to shoot scenes for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Production of “Madame Web” will also take place in Mexico and New York.
South Shore on the big screen
“Madame Web” is one of many high-profile films in recent months to shoot in the region. Tommy Lee Jones’ crime drama “Finestkind” was filmed in May at a seaside house on Edward Foster Road in Scituate.
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The Christmas musical “Spirited,” which filmed scenes last summer at the South Shore Plaza, stars Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell and will premiere on Apple TV+ in December. “, starring Naomi Ackie (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”). The scenes were filmed at Marina Studios on Victory Road in Marina Bay.
Filming for ‘Boston Strangler’, starring Keira Knightley as Milton reporter Loretta McLaughlin and Kingston’s Chris Cooper, took place in Braintree at the former Foster Elementary School. Ben Affleck’s ‘The Tender Bar’ also filmed in Braintree last spring and can be streamed on Amazon Prime.
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Director Adam McKay shot scenes for his Oscar-nominated satire “Don’t Look Up” at The Hangout last year, including an epic Ariana Grande concert. Cohasset’s sprawling Oaks estate served as the backdrop for scenes in “Confess, Fletch,” which will be released later this year.
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Since movie tax credits were enacted in 2005 – and extended two years later – the South Shore has provided locations for films such as ‘Knives Out’, ‘Little Women’, ‘The Equalizer’ , “The Judge”, “The Way Way Back”, “Thoroughbreds”, “Ted 2”, “The Finest Hours” and “Black Mass”.
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Other movies filmed at the former airbase include the video game blockbuster “Free Guy,” Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots Day,” Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Stronger,” Disney’s “Godmothered,” and the all-female reboot of ” Ghostbusters” by Paul Feig.
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