A crew of up-and-coming actors, including a "Gossip Girl" and a Boston-area rapper, have joined Ben Affleck's upcoming made-in-Boston heist flick "The Town," slotted to begin filming this week.
Blake Lively, known as Serena van der Woodsen from "Gossip Girl," was spotted cruising locations near Fenway Park and in Chelsea over the weekend. Word is that she's signed on to play alongside Cambridge homeboy Affleck as his troubled ex-girlfriend.
Also, Boston emcee Slaine, who made a bang as gun-runner Bubba Rogowski in Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone," returns to the big screen for some shoot 'em up action.
"I’ve been working on so much music since I shot the movie 'Gone Baby Gone' that I’ve had to turn down a lot of movie roles," Slaine says here. "When it came to working with Ben again, this time as a Charlestown bank robber, I just couldn’t turn it down."
Lively and Slaine join Jon Hamm, also known as Don Draper from "Mad Men," as a FBI agent who becomes smitten with a female bank employee, played by "Frost/Nixon" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" actress Rebecca Hall.
Affleck, playing Boston's most wanted bank robber, will star and direct in the film following a bizarre love triangle involving a crook, a bankteller and a FBI agent. The movie is an adaptation of the blue-collar heist novel "Prince of Thieves" by Chuck Hogan which was written for the big screen by Peter Craig and Affleck.
Oscar winner Chris Cooper, who recently filmed "The Company Men" in Boston, is currently in negotiations to star as Affleck’s father in the film.
As previously reported in Loaded Gun, Affleck's character will be robbing a few banks around town, including a shoot 'em up scene at a bank in Melrose, as well as orchestrating the ultimate con job at Fenway Park sometime in September.
On Wednesday, Aug. 26, crews were set up at the Anderson Transportation Center located at 100 Atlantic Ave. in Woburn.
"They have a good percentage of the c arking lot roped off with more than a couple MBTA Buses as well," reports a Loaded Gun spy. "Looks like they are shooting some bus and traffic scenes."
Also, filming is slotted later this week next to the Genzyme building located at 1 Kendall Square near Athenaeum and 1st street in Cambridge.
Affleck, who recently wrapped filming the John Wells downsizing drama "The Company Men," has been spotted all around the Boston area preparing for the Charlestown-based flick. Principal filming is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 31.
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