Latest 'Spider-Man' spinoff, 'Madame Web' shooting in Worcester this week – Worcester Telegram

WORCESTER — The latest “Spider-Man” spinoff, “Madame Web,” began shooting in Worcester Thursday. 
Using not just one, but two pseudonyms to hide the secret identity of the film project, “Madame Web” is using the working titles “Claire” and “Peru” as a preventative strike to thwart out comic book geeks and celebrity gawkers who might try to storm the movie set.
On July 6, Boston.com reported that “Madame Web” is being produced under the working title “Claire.” So much for keeping a secret identity secret.
Businesses on Main Street, between Franklin Street and MLK Boulevard, were notified thatPassenger Production Inc. would be filming scenes for the movie “Claire” (au contraire, “Madame Web”) from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday and Friday. In addition, there will be filming 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday on Southbridge Street, from Hermon Street to Quinsigamond Avenue.
Filming activity is listed as “precision driving.”
On Thursday, yellow street signs plastered on lampposts in downtown Worcester informed out-of-town movie crews where to park and where to find base camp for “Peru,” which appears to be another pseudonym for “Madame Web.”
“Madame Web” is the fifth film foray in Sony’s “Spider-Man Universe” and stars Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith’s daughter and “Fifty Shades of Gray” star Dakota Johnson in the title role.
Also attached to the project are Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria”), Celeste O’Connor (“Ghostbusters: Afterlife”), Isabela Merced (Dora the Explorer in the live-action “Dora and the Lost City of Gold’), Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”), Adam Scott (“Severance”) and Zosia Mamet (“Girls”), all in “undisclosed” roles.
In recent years, Worcester has become a hotbed for movie and TV projects including “Confess, Fletch,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” “Free Guy,” “Dexter: New Blood” and “Honest Thief” that have all had scenes filmed in Worcester. 
According to Boston.com, film crews back in July transformed the Boston’s financial district to look like New York City’s Chinatown, circa early 2000s. Who knows if “Wormtown” will momentarily be changed into “The Big Apple”?
In early June, Kendall Cooper Casting posted a casting call for extras on “Claire” filming in Boston from July through September. In addition, Kendall Cooper said they were looking for cars from 2003 or earlier for the project.
Introduced in “The Amazing Spider-Man” comic book Issue 210 (Nov. 1980), Madame Web is a paralyzed, blind, telepathic, clairvoyant and precognitive mutant connected to a life-support system that looks like a spider web.

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