Could it be preliminary filming for the upcoming made-in-Massachusetts flick "The Zookeeper," starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson?
As previously reported, a majority of the scenes for "The Zookeeper" are slotted to be shot at Franklin Park Zoo located at 1 Franklin Park Rd. and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham.
Production is scheduled to kick off on July 20. And a source confirms that there will be specific areas of the zoo that will be renovated, paid for by a donation made by the production company.
James, finishing up scenes at Woodman's of Essex with Sandler and crew for the ultimate buddy flick "Grown Ups," will play the title role in the film produced by Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. In "The Zookeeper," he plays a zoo caretaker who consults with the animals in an attempt to learn their methods of dating and mating to help him win back the woman of his dreams.
Adam Sandler, Cher, Jon Favreau, Sylvester Stallone and Judd Apatow have signed on as animal voices. The five reportedly will voice animals at the zoo where keeper James longs for his female love interest played by Dawson. Sandler will be the voice of a capuchin monkey while Cher is slotted to be a giraffe. Favreau has been cast as a bear, Stallone as a lion and Apatow as an elephant.
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UPDATE: According to a Loaded Gun source, " was sighted at Franklin Park Zoo Saturday morning with a crowd of people surveying the set."
--Photo by Sam Baltrusis