MassDOT alerts us that traffic on the Tobin Bridge could be slowed tomorrow so that some movie production company can get just the perfect shot of the bridge that has come to symbolize crime-ridden Boston in all the best violent-crime movies set here.
MassDOT says that between 1 and 9 p.m., "police will escort a vehicle equipped with a mounted camera with the flow of traffic" between Boston and Chelsea.
Don't even think of stopping - or of asking MassDOT who might be driving on the bridge or for what movie - because the first is illegal and dangerous and for the second, their lips are sealed:
MassDOT has no information about the movie to provide and no information to provide regarding the cast of the movie which may or not be involved in this event.
According to the state Film Office, one movie in production in the Boston area through June is "Challengers," code named "Tire Town," which has something to do with Zendaya being at the heart of a tennis-based love triangle, rather than crime wars between tire magnates in Charlestown and Southie. The newly shorn star was spotted Thursday in Lynn, which, of course, can be reached via the Tobin.
Also filming in eastern Massachusetts is Finestkind, which would seem to fit the bill because it's a crime thriller, even if it involves Tommy Lee Jones, not Damon, an Affleck or a Wahlberg. The filming has been mostly in and around New Bedford, although one scene is set to be filmed in Dedham - but part of the plot involves a deal with Boston gangsters, and we all know which bridge they favor. Also the director wrote the screenplay for "Mystic River," which, of course, highlighted the Tobin, so maybe? Bonus fun fact: Zendaya was initially penciled in as a lead.