Robert Downey Jr to film The Judge in Massachusetts this June

The Iron Man star will shoot his new comedy drama, with Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester, in historic Shelburne Falls village next month

New Warner Bros. comedy drama ­The Judge will be filmed in Massachusetts next month, and star Robert Downey Jr, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl), Billy Bob Thornton (Armageddon), and Vera Farmiga (Safe House, The Departed).


Downey Jr plays a lawyer who goes to his mother’s funeral and discovers that his father – the town’s judge – is suspected of murder.

The Shelburne Board of Selectmen approved a filming permit and local production schedule at their meeting last week.

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It’s been reported that the current production schedule includes shooting in the historic village and at Baker Pharmacy, the old Mole Hollow Candle Co. building and on Bridge Street between May 31-June 17.

“As head of the Massachusetts Film Office, I want to thank you so much for how you’ve welcomed these folks,” said MFO Director Lisa Strout to the Selectmen, reported The Recorder. “We’re really excited about this one,

“I can see this, as a lure for tourism over time,” continued Strout.

Further notes reveal details of a scene where Downey Jr’s character goes to his mother’s funeral, apparently Bridge Street will be filled with a funeral procession and be sprayed with water to appear as if it’s raining. It’s also been speculated that shooting will take place from a helicopter overhead.

Other scenes from The Judge will be shot in Boston. The movie is due for release in 2014.


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