Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tom Cruise's 'Wichita' film takes flight in Worcester

Principal filming for the made-in-Boston spy flick "Wichita," starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Maggie Grace and Marc Blucas, kicked off on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Worcester Regional Airport.

The film's code name indicated by the yellow production signs plastered all over Worcester? Zephyr.

In preparation for the shoot, set designers transformed the locale to act as stand-in for the Wichita Airport. The film's prop team received 40 copies of a Kansas paper, The Wichita Eagle, and 25 guides from the Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau. Also, crews built a gift shop, a transportation security inspection area and a bar. The set will be torn down after the four-day shoot.

According to one tipster, security is extremely tight on set. "There's a lot of activity at the base camp and the airport location," says a Loaded Gun Boston reader in Worcester. "The airport police have the entrance to the airport closed and there are 'no parking' signs are up all along the road, so no one will park there."

The source continues, "I'm also listening to the airport police on the radio and they're turning around all spectators from the area."

The soon-to-be-renamed "Wichita" follows Cruise as a secret agent who pops in and out of the life of a single woman played by Diaz.

On Monday, Sept. 21, crews are filming at Gaslight Brasserie located at 560 Harrison Avenue in the South End. Also during the week of Sept. 21, they're scheduled to film in a desolate area of Somerville.

Meanwhile, production is hashing out an elaborate crash scene where a commercial 727 airliner skids into a Cumberland Farms cornfield near Curve Street in Bridgewater. Scheduled to shoot Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 25, the scene depicts the aftermath of a plane crash in a fictional Indiana locale.

Click here for the latest on "Untitled Wichita Project."
--Copyrighted photos by Ryan Miner, Beantown Photo


Kim said...

Hello, I'm a local and it is disappointing that they will not allow some onlookers to check out the movie since the airport gets very little attention these days.Most locals I know travel out of TF Green in RI and Boston's Logan... Zephyr is an appropriate name as it means " a gentle breeze from the west"... How clever... but you (the author) gave it away. I just drove past base camp and they did not turn me away...Security is somewhat tight. I'd love an opportunity to see Cam and Cruise... Would be a great moment given I've been a resident of Worcester for most of my life.

Have fun... and send some pics of the celebs so we can see them in action.

Stan said...

You're dissapointed you can't see it? I'm dissapointed that I live in Wichita and they're not even doing the filming here. Our airport isn't even called "Wichita Airport", It's Midcontinent Airport. They could at least film the downtown skyline or something.

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