‘Castle Rock’ returning to film in Orange

  • One of the two 15,000-square-foot brick buildings belonging to Gary H. Moise, owner of the Orange Trading Co. on South Main Street, was the site of 2017 filming Season 1 of "Castle Rock," a Hulu series based on the works of horror writer Stephen King. STAFF PHOTO/DOMENIC POLI

Staff Writer
Published: 3/14/2019 8:59:56 PM

ORANGE — Get ready for another transformation. Orange’s streets, stores and cemeteries will once again be the on-screen depiction of Stephen King’s “Castle Rock.”

Castle Rock will be returning to film in Orange for Season 2 — the series was renewed for a second season last August, but producers did not initially confirm there would be a return to Orange.

According to Town Administrator Gabriele Voelker, the Castle Rock crew plans on 20 film days in Orange for the second 10-episode season of the Hulu series.

It is unclear what days these will be, but a casting-call notice for extras in the psychological horror series states filming will take place in the spring and summer. The casting call, through CP Casting & Acting Studio in Boston, is open to men, women and children of any ethnicity.

“We need people of all types to portray Castle Rock townspeople, nurses, doctors, mechanics, factory workers, construction workers, police, firefighters, businesspeople, college students, Somali Americans, Muslim men, Muslim women in hijabs/abayas, people with upscale/downscale cars, minors under 18 who can work with their parents and much more,” reads the post at www.cpcasting.com/castle — work as an extra is paid.

Castle Rock is an original series from Hulu — a subscription video-on-demand service — set in the eponymous fictional Maine town from the works of horror novelist King. Castle Rock, the town, has appeared in notable King books like “Cujo” and “The Dark Half.”

Season 1 was filmed in Orange throughout the summer of 2017, and then sporadically until January last year. Actors Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey and André Holland appeared in the first season, but it is uncertain if they will be in Season 2 . Executive producer Dustin Thomason told the Hollywood Reporter that “each season is going to be its own self-contained story: beginning, middle and end,” in an anthology format.

What will stay constant is the setting. After all, the show is titled “Castle Rock.” Production team member Joseph Stargensky recalled the team thinking, “This is Castle Rock right here,” when Orange was chosen as a location.

The show’s production team has also made several efforts over the past year to build a relationship with the town, which producer Robin Sweet described as a “lovely” community to film in, while also acknowledging the residents’ patience during traffic delays and street closures on filming days.

Since filming wrapped up, the show has donated money to the town twice — first, $3,500 to the town’s Fire Department and Trustees of Soldiers’ Memorials, and then $10,000 to beautify the parks and cemeteries in town, where some scenes were shot.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.


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